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Past Dialogues


Sustainable Food to Nourish Mind, Body, and Soul

Monday, October 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center Lawn
Fort Myers, Florida

The seventh annual Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue will address ethical, humane, and sustainable food options available at Florida Gulf Coast University and in Southwest Florida.  This year's Dialogue will illustrate how choosing to consume sustainable foods nourishes the mind, body, and soul. The goal of this year’s Dialogue is to demonstrate how a conscientious young person on a budget in Southwest Florida can utilize local resources and benefit from consuming sustainable foods.

Resources

Food and the Soul: Humane & Sustainable Food Notes for Presentation by Dr. Kris De Welde  

A Guide to Eating Sustainably in Southwest Florida

Ocean Conservation and Sustainability

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Union Ballroom
Fort Myers, Florida

Our Dialogue entitled, "Ocean Conservation and Sustainability," focused on the negative effects that human activities have on marine ecosystems. Panelists Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C., and Sheila Bowman, Senior Manager of Outreach and Education for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program in Monterey, California, addressed many of the major issues affecting the health of our oceans.

E-waste & Ethics: Where do Blackberries Decompose?

Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Union Ballroom
Fort Myers, Florida

In our 5th installment of the Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue, we explored the oft-overlooked issue of e-waste and the people and places it effects.  Panelists included Jim Puckett of the Basal Action Network, Eric Otto, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities, and Jessica Mendes, graduate student at FGCU. The event was co-moderated by Center student assistants Ariel Chomey and Jordan Yingling, and a special invocation was given by Miccosukee elder, Andy Buster.

Young People, Communication, and Sustainability

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Union Ballroom
Fort Myers, Florida

New York Times bestselling author Ishmael Beah returned to FGCU to participate in our fourth Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue. Panelists included Arabella Daniels of the Student/Farmworker Alliance, Cruz Salucio of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and Center Advisor Jacob Scott. Jacob participated virtually from Bristol, England using telecommunication software. FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw welcomed the panelists and offered opening remarks. The event explored digital collaboration toward sustainability, critical engagement with consumer media, and the theme of hope, despair, and the future in environmental rhetoric. You can access a six-part video of the panel discussion on YouTube by clicking here! Feel free to continue the dialogue using the "comment" feature.

Food Systems and Climate Change at Florida Gulf Coast University

Tuesday, October 11, 2007, 7:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Union Ballroom
Fort Myers, Florida

The third Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue developed the previous year’s theme of food, ethics, and sustainability by exploring food practices within the context of carbon neutrality at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Food, Ethics, and Sustainability

Tuesday, September 16, 2006, 7:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Sugden Welcome Center
Fort Myers, Florida

The second Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue was a panel discussion with participants from The Humane Society of the United States, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, California Student Sustainability Coalition, and Worden Farm. The panel discussed ethical and environmental aspects of food, including animal welfare, social justice.

 
Social Justice and Human Rights in Immokalee, Florida

Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 7:00 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Sugden Welcome Center
Fort Myers, Florida

The inaugural Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue was a panel discussion with participants from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Guadeloupe Center of Immokalee, Harvest for Humanity, FGCU Professor Ingrid Martinez Rico, Pace Center for At-Risk Girls, and the Student Farmworker Alliance.  The panel discussed issues of social justice and human rights in the Southwest Florida farming community of Immokalee, Florida. The panel was moderated by Dr. Maria F. Roca. Oanness Arthur Priztker, Director of Yat Kitischee Native Center, gave the closing response.