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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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Title: PAUL GAUGUIN: THE SAVAGE DREAM
Movie ID: VT2754
Movie Number: 2754
Description: Paul Gauguin lived by extremes. In 1901, he traveled to one of the most remote islands in the world, Hivaoa in the Marquesas: 750 miles from Tahiti, 4,000 miles from the coast of Peru. There he lived for the last two years of his life until his death in 1903 at the age of fifty-four. Paul Gauguin--The Save Dream explores the artist's obsessive search for a "savage" alternative to his own culture, which drove him to that far point of the earth and became a critical aspect of Gauguin's art and life. Shot on location in Tahiti and the Marquesas, the film focuses on Gaugiuin's final years and his monumental artistic achievement during that period. The story, to a great extent, is told in Gauguin's own words, revealing his unique philosophy of art, life, and civilization.
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Part: 0
Time: 45
Department: AL
Call Number: ND 553 .G27 .P395 1988
At LSSU: Y

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