Dean Cycon, award-winning author and CEO of Dean’s Beans, a locally-grown, organic coffee company, will speak tonight (Thursday) at 6:45 in the American Studies Classroom on the second floor of the Main School Building. Dean has traveled for over 25 years to coffee villages and indigenous communities throughout the world and is a co-founder of Cooperative Coffees, the first fair-trade roaster cooperative in the world. Dean’s Beans is also involved in development projects for coffee villagers and partners with coffee growers, who receive a percentage of the company profits. Dean also appeared as a sailor and a drunken pirate in the third “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. Dean will speak about his travels and the importance of fair-trade coffee in the fight for human rights.