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Francis Gary Powers Jr. at LA, Feb. 6
Posted 01/27/2017 08:40AM

Mees Visiting Scholar 2017Francis Gary Powers Jr. at LA
The U-2 Incident: A Son’s Perspective

Founder of Washington, DC’s Cold War Museum
to speak in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 6
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Open to the public; free admission

Groton, MA – Lawrence Academy is pleased to announce 2017’s J. William Mees Visiting Scholar, Francis Gary Powers Jr.

Mr. Powers, who will be on campus working with the LA history department and students Feb. 6-7, founded Washington, DC's Cold War Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. There will also be a public presentation by Mr. Powers on Monday, Feb. 6, in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center (RMPAC).

Mr. Powers' father, United States Air Force Captain Francis Gary Powers, was a CIA pilot whose spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over Soviet Union airspace, precipitating the 1960 U-2 incident. The recent Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, documents this seminal moment in 20th century history; the movie will be shown on campus prior to Mr. Powers' visit. Mr. Powers founded the Cold War Museum to honor his father.

Powers' visit is made possible by the J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Endowment Fund. Established in 2010 and named for the longtime former faculty member, the fund provides the means for Lawrence Academy students to have firsthand opportunities to learn what professionals do in their fields and how they go about being successful. Previous Mees Visiting Scholars include:

2015-16 Dr. Peter M. Groffman, professor, researcher
Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer, lyricist, actor
2013-14 Dar Williams, singer/songwriter; Dr. Tim Fukawa-Connelly and Dr. Adam Boucher, mathematicians 
2012-13 Taylor Mali, poet 
2011-12 Andres Dubus III, author

To learn more about Francis Gary Powers Jr., visit For more information about the J. William Mees Visiting Scholar program, email Associate Head of School Rob Moore.


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