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This Sense of Awe and Wonder

Corcoran, Peter Blaze and Hollingshead, Brandon P.  This Sense of Awe and Wonder: The Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. 2004-2010. Augusta, Maine: J.S. McCarthy Printers, 2011

"This Sense of Awe and Wonder" is a compilation of lectures from 2004-2010 taken from our Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series.  The booklet is meant to honor the life and work of  Rachel Carson, the celebrated nature writer for whom the series is named after.  It is also meant to honor the lecturers themselves who each year give their time free of charge to deliver insightful, original lectures to an FGCU and Southwest Florida audience.  Past lecturers, many of whom are on the Center's Board of Advisors, include Mary Evelyn Tucker, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Terry Tempest Williams, David W. Orr, Barbara Kingsolver, Homero Aridjis, and Steven C. Rockefeller.

This publication is dedicated to the memory of the late Oannes Arthur Pritzker.  Oannes was a long-time friend of the Center, a member of our Board of Advisors, and a mentor to Center staff and student assistants. Among his many contributions to the Center was his suggestion that we establish a distinguished lecture series, which eventually became our signature event, the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture.

You may request a hard copy of this publication by emailing the Center at


Works Toward Realizing the Dream

Corcoran, Peter Blaze and Hollingshead, Brandon P.  Works Toward Realizing the Dream: Five Years of Scholarship, Education, and Action at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Augusta, Maine: J.S. McCarthy Printers, 2010

The Center Five Year Report is a summary of the Center's five years of activity and a statement of our prospective activities for the years to come.  It was designed and published in collaboration with graphic design company Alice Design in Maine. We created the report to give to our faithful supporters and stakeholders – and to new friends, donors, and foundations who may be interested in supporting our work. Much of the activity in the Five Year Report is a direct result of recommendations from our Board.

As part of the report, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai reflected on the Center's anniversary:"Activities that devastate the environment and societies continue unabated. Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own. The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University is engaged in the shift to a sustainable future through its Earth Charter scholarly agenda. The Center's work in environmental education and social education points toward a better world."