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2016 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture

Zoologies: Climate Change and the Spiritual Force of Animals

Featuring Alison Hawthorne Deming

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education is pleased to announce that poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming will be presenting the 2016 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture. The 2016 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture will include a Campus Lecture at Florida Gulf Coast University and a Sanibel Island Lecture, both will explore themes from Deming’s latest book, Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.  Her new book explores the mystery and wonder of our shared early experience with animals and illustrates how much animals have contributed to the development of the human psyche. ZoologiesZoologies

 The Campus Lecture is entitled, Creating the Future: New Relationships between Art and Science in the Era of Climate Change. This Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at FGCU. The Lecture will be held in Sugden Hall, Room 114 at 5:00 pm. During the Campus Lecture, Deming, will give a talk illustrating new relationships between art and science that are emerging in response to the challenge of climate change. Joining the sensuality, discernment and formal experimentation of the arts with the empiricism, particularity and analysis of scientific writing is necessary to fully elucidate a rapidly changing world. Deming will demonstrate how, together, art and science can be sparks to the imagination and to hope.

The Sanibel Island lecture, entitled Zoologies: Climate Change and the Spiritual Force of Animals, will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Saint Michael and All Angels Church. During the Sanibel Island Lecture, Deming will examine what animals meant to early humans and what they mean to the contemporary imagination. In Zoologies, Deming writes, “Animals surrounded our ancestors. Animals were their food, clothes, adversaries, companions, jokes, artistic inspiration and their gods.” Deming wants readers to know that today however, we have a very different relationship to animals than our ancestors did. She explains, “In this age of mass extinction and the industrialization of life, it is difficult to touch the skin of this long and deep companionship….” Deming’s Sanibel lecture will illuminate why we must understand this deep kinship with our fellow creatures and why this understanding may just be the inspiration we need to renew hope and faith as we rise to the challenge of climate change. Immediately following the Sanibel Island Lecture, the Center will host a reception and book signing in the Parish Hall at Saint Michael and All Angels Church.
Alison Hawthorne
In 2014, Alison Hawthorne Deming was appointed the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Science and Other Poems, and winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets for The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence, Genius Loci and Rope. Her nonfiction books include Temporary Homelands, The Edges of the Civilized World, which was a finalist for the PEN Center West Award, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real.  Deming edited Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology and co-edited with Lauret E. Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Natural World. Deming is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, currently working on the essay collection Lament for the Makers. In 2016 Deming will also be releasing two new books of poetry, Stairway to Heaven and Death Valley: Painted Light with photographer Stephen Strom.

Rachel Carson’s work is the inspiration for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. The Lecture has been named in her honor since the Center was established in 2004. Carson’s contributions, most relevant to the mission of the Center, are public policy based on sound science and ethics, active participation of an ecologically literate citizenry, and appreciation of the natural world through the literary arts and environmental education.

Immediately following the Lecture, the Center will host a reception and book signing in the Parish Hall at Saint Michael and All Angels Church. The 2016 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture is free and open to the public, no tickets or invitations are required. For more information please visit www.fgcu.edu/cese/ or contact us at thecenter@fgcu.edu or call (239) 590-7025.


 

Environmental Education in Turbulent Times

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University is pleased to announce the 2015 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture, to be delivered by David W. Orr and Peter Blaze Corcoran on January 28, 2015 at Florida Gulf Coast University and on January 30, 2015 on Sanibel Island.

"Environmental Education in Turbulent Times: Perspectives from Rachel Carson's Hawk Mountain and Wangari Maathai's Karura Forest"
Spring 2015 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture delivered by David W. Orr and Peter Blaze Corcoran

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:00 PM
Florida Gulf Coast University
Cohen Center 247

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00 PM
Saint Michael and All Angels Church
Sanibel Island, Florida 

We have prepared a resource guide for faculty and staff in advance of the lectures. It contains background information on the themes of Orr and Corcoran’s talks, links to articles by the lecturers that may be used in courses, and a bibliography of selected materials.

2015 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture resource guide (PDF)
David Orr, "Four Challenges of Sustainability" (PDF)
David Orr, "What is Education For?" (PDF)
Peter Blaze Corcoran, "What If? The Educational Opportunities of the Earth Charter" (PDF)
Peter Blaze Corcoran, Brandon Hollingshead, and Joseph Weakland, "To Walk Together: Intergenerational Learning and Transformative Leadership" (PDF)


Past Lectures


 Sense of Wonder

A Sense of Wonder: A play based on the life and works of Rachel Carson
Spring 2014 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture was a theatrical performance performed by Kaiulani Lee

Friday, February 21, 2014
Schein Performance Hall
BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island

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 Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver: A Poetry Reading with Commentary
Spring 2012 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture featured Mary Oliver and readings of her poetry.

Friday, February 17, 2012, 7:30 pm
Saint Michael and All Angels Church
2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

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 Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver: A Poetry Reading with Commentary
Spring 2012 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture was cancelled out of respect for Mary Oliver who received an unexpected diagnosis of a serious illness just prior to the event.

Friday, February 17, 2012, 7:30 pm
Saint Michael and All Angels Church
2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

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The Africa you don't know

The Africa You Don't Know: A Women's Perspective
Spring 2011 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures delivered by Akpezi Ogbuigwe, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, and Mary Evelyn Tucker

Friday, April 1, 2011, 7:30 pm
Saint Michael and All Angels Church
2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

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Working on Behalf of the Beauty and Bounty of Earth

Working on Behalf of the Beauty and Bounty of Earth: An Earth Charter Scholars Panel
Spring 2009 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures delivered by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Steven C. Rockefeller, David Orr, and others

Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:00 am
Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers
Moderated by Mary Evelyn Tucker

Friday, February 20, 2009, 7:00 pm
Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Sanibel Island
Moderated by David W. Orr

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Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Finding Beauty in a Broken World: An Ensemble for Earth
Fall 2008 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures delivered by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Terry Tempest Williams

Friday, September 5, 2008, 5:30 pm
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

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Eyes to See Otherwise

Eyes to See Otherwise: The World of Homero Aridjis
Spring 2007 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures to be given by Homero Aridjis

Friday, February 23, 2007, 1:30 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University, Black Box Theater, Fort Myers, Florida

Friday, February 23, 2007, 7:30 pm
Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, Fort Myers, Florida

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Lessons from Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma

Lessons from Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma: Environment, Politics, and Global Destabilization
Spring 2006 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures delivered by David W. Orr

Friday, February 18, 2006, 10:30 am
Florida Gulf Coast University, Whitaker Hall Sprint Room, Fort Myers, Florida

Friday, February 18, 2006, 7:00 pm
St. Michael and All Angels Church, Sanibel Island, Florida

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A Barbara Kingsolver Weekend

A Barbara Kingsolver Weekend
Spring 2005 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture delivered by Barbara Kingsolver

Friday, February 25, 2005, 7:00 pm
Schein Hall at BIG ARTS Complex
Sanibel Island, Florida

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Open Space of Democracy Tour with Terry Tempest Williams

Open Space of Democracy Tour with Terry Tempest Williams
Fall 2004 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures

Monday, October 25, 2004, 10:00 am
FloridaGulf Coast University Student Union Ballroom
Fort Myers, Florida

Monday, October 25, 2004, 7:00 pm
St. Michael and All Angels Church
Sanibel Island, Florida

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Ethics of Sustainability: A Dialogue with Mary Evelyn Tucker and Alison Hawthorne Deming

Ethics of Sustainability: A Dialogue with Mary Evelyn Tucker and Alison Hawthorne Deming
Inaugural Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures

Thursday, March 25, 2004, 7:00 pm
St. Michael and All Angels Church
Sanibel Island, Florida

Friday, March 26, 2004, 10:30 am
Florida Gulf Coast University Senate Chambers
Fort Myers, Florida

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