The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education recently hosted its 2014 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture and 10th Anniversary Celebration. For the first time in the Center’s history, the signature event was a theatrical performance. The Center invited Actress Kaiulani Lee to perform her one-woman show “A Sense of Wonder” which is based on the life and works of Rachel Carson. Lee mesmerized and moved the audience with her convincing portrayal of Carson. Guests felt as though they were watching Rachel Carson herself on the stage.
Immediately following the performance, the Center hosted its Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Guests joined the Center in celebrating a decade worth of scholarship, education and action in pursuit of a more peaceful and sustainable world. During the celebration Sanibel residents Mallory and Peter Haffenreffer, announced that they will graciously renew their Haffenreffer Challenge, which will match gifts to the Center up to a total of $10,000.
We are still working to meet our fundraising goal for this year. Contributions to the Center help support Center activities that include Earth Charter Mini-grants, SAGE Mini-grants (Student Associates for a Greener Environment), scholarly publications in environmental education, student employment, environmental education research, and signature educational events.
The Center would like to extend a Special thanks to BIG ARTS, the Host Committee, the FGCU Book Store, the West Wind Inn and the Editors at the Island Sun for their contributions.
The Center truly appreciates every contribution and hopes to continue to receive such great support from friends, colleagues, and the local community. Such support is vital to the Center's efforts and allows it to continue its work towards a more sustainable local and global community.
By: Kevin Bedson
Excitement filled the atmosphere at BIG ARTS as guests waited with anticipation to see Rachel Carson brought to life in the renowned one-woman show “A Sense of Wonder”. Actress Kaiulani Lee, who brings more than 35 years of experience in theatre, film, and television to her portrayal of Carson, performs the play with extreme passion. Lee’s magical and moving performance genuinely captured Carson’s essence and left guests captivated.
The Center’s annual Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture seeks to engage the public in discussions on sustainability, ethics, democracy and literature with scholars and public intellectuals. This year, to celebrate its tenth anniversary the Center invited Kaiulani Lee to perform her one-woman show. In “A Sense of Wonder”, Lee takes on the role of Rachel Carson in order to showcase Carson’s love of the natural world and her fight to defend it. The play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment, and the Center knew it would be a great way to commemorate Rachel Carson and bring her message to life.
Prior to the play, Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran presented Co-chairs Mary Evelyn Tucker and David Orr with the Center’s highest award, the Rachel Carson Award. The Center gives this award, in the form of a lightning whelk, to recipients who embody Rachel Carson’s contributions most relevant to the Center’s mission. Tucker and Orr then made brief remarks, which set the context for the play. Orr set up the historical context and explained why it is so important that we heed Carson’s warnings and spread her message today. Tucker provided the cosmological context for Carson’s work by drawing attention to the larger story of the Universe and life on Earth.
After the play the Center hosted its Tenth Annual Celebration in Philips Gallery. Guests were invited to join the Center in remembering a decade’s worth of scholarship, education, and action in pursuit of a more peaceful and sustainable world. Center Director Peter Corcoran along with Mary Evelyn Tucker and David Orr made remarks on the Center’s ten-year history and its future, and Kaiulani Lee joined guests to reflect on the importance of Rachel Carson’s work. Then, Sanibel residents Mallory and Peter Haffenreffer announced that they will graciously renew their fundraising challenge, which will match donations to the Center up to a total of $10,000.
The Center is looking forward to the future and is delighted that Ms. Kaiulani Lee came to Sanibel and evoked Carson’s spirit as a way of commemorating her legacy and the Center’s ten-year history. The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education is a scholarly center located at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Center works toward realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth.
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education will be hosting its 2014 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture and Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Schein Performance Hall at BIG ARTS on Sanibel. For this year’s Lecture actress Kaiulani Lee will perform her one-woman show “A Sense of Wonder.”
In the play, Kaiulani Lee shares the story of Rachel Carson’s love of the natural world and her fight to defend it. We see the extremely private Rachel Carson thrust into the role of controversial public figure. The play takes place in Carson’s cottage on the Maine coast shortly after the publication of Silent Spring where she is simultaneously battling the chemical industry, the government, and the press to get her message to the American people. Kaiulani Lee brings more than 35 years of experience in theatre, film, and television to her portrayal of Carson. We are delighted to have Ms. Lee evoke Carson’s spirit as a way of commemorating her legacy and the Lecture’s ten-year history.
Immediately following the Lecture, the Center will host its Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Center Director, Peter Blaze Corcoran and Center Co-chairs will make remarks on the Center’s ten-year history and invite you to join in remembering a decade’s worth of scholarship, education, and action in pursuit of a more peaceful and sustainable world. Two scholars of Rachel Carson’s work will reflect on the importance of her writing after fifty years during the reception. This event will take the place of the Center’s Annual Fundraising Celebration at the Haffenreffer’s home.
Attendees of the 2014 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture and Tenth Anniversary Celebration will have two options when purchasing tickets, Patron and General Admission. Patron tickets are sold exclusively by the Center for $75. The Center will receive 100% of the proceeds from Patron ticket contributions. Patrons will have reserved elevated loge seating in Schein Hall. Individuals can send invitation reply cards to the Center or may call Kendra Carboneau at 239-590-7444 to request an invitation. Patron tickets include the performance in Schein Hall, the Tenth Anniversary Celebration reception in Phillips Gallery, and the honor and satisfaction of being a Patron of the Center.
General admission tickets are sold and are available for pickup at the BIG ARTS box office. The Center will receive 40% of the proceeds from general admission ticket contributions. General admission floor seat selection is on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission tickets include the performance in Schein Hall and the Tenth Anniversary Celebration reception in Phillips Gallery. General admission tickets are not tax deductible.
The Center greatly appreciates your support towards making the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture and Tenth Anniversary Celebration a success. Such support allows the Center to continue its efforts to realize the dream of a sustainable future thorough scholarship, education, and action.
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education would like to welcome back all faculty, staff, and students from what we hope was a relaxing and enjoyable summer. With the beginning of the new semester, the Center is back in full swing and has welcomed back its entire staff to begin the new academic year. This year the Center will be featuring a new Executive Secretary, one new Student Assistant, and three returning Student Assistants. The Center would like to welcome Executive Secretary, Kendra Carboneau, and Student Assistant Kevin Bedson to the team, and we welcome back Darrel Bagiotti, Betsy Evans, and Andrew Stansell.
The Center will be celebrating its tenth year of working to realize the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth through scholarship, education, and action. In a decade of excellence its commitment to the FGCU and southwest Florida community has allowed the Center to share its vision with hundreds of students, community members, and businesses on both local and international scales.
Briana Stiehl is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University and a SWFL native. Her major is Environmental Studies. She is interested in the outdoors, raising her own animals and riding horses in her spare time. While working for The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education Briana will manage the website and maintain files. Briana hopes to share knowledge in this field of education to others including the public. Briana would love to work in the outdoors upon graduation.
Kevin Bedson is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University and a South Florida native. His major is Communication Ecology and he has a minor in Philosophy. He is interested in the role that media plays in shaping our perception of the natural world. Kevin enjoys outdoor activities, especially those on and in the water. Kevin is an avid wake boarder, free diver, and scuba diver. Kevin’s role at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education will be public relations and will include managing the Center’s website and working with local newspapers. While working at the Center Kevin hopes to extend principles of sustainable living to students and the community.
Darrel Bagiotti is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University and has been working for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education since the spring 2013. He is pursuing a B.A in Environmental Studies with minors in Biology, Climate Change, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Darrel is an active member of the Universities varsity roller hockey team. He hopes to work in Water Management when he graduates in the spring 2014. While working at The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education he plans on educating fellow students on and off campus about the many environmental issues we face in today’s world.
Betsy Evans is a graduate student at Florida Gulf Coast University working towards a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences. She received a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Betsy is a lab instructor for the General Biology labs at FGCU and assists in avian research at the Babcock Ranch. She hopes to continue her education emphasizing in ornithology.
Andrew Stansell is a senior at FGCU and will be graduating this fall with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. This is Andrew’s third year at the Center and he will be taking a lead role in managing the Center’s SAGE Mini-grant program. He has pursued his passion for the environment since his childhood through outdoor recreational activities. After graduation Andrew hopes to continue his education in fisheries management.
Kendra Carboneau returned to the Center in July 2013 as the Executive Secretary for both the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education and the Whitaker Center for STEM Education. Her previous FGCU experience was as Executive Secretary for the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office from November 2011 to July 2013 and Program Assistant for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education from November 2009 to November 2011. Before moving to Florida in 2009, Kendra worked for a major electronics recycling company. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and working with students of all ages.
We will be looking to our Student Assistants to help us duplicate the success of last year’s term. Last year we were able to hold a number of successful events including our two signature events, Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue and Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture. In addition to our two signature events, we also enjoyed our most successful Fundraiser ever!
We are already working hard in preparation for this year’s events. This year the Center will be hosting its Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture and Tenth Anniversary Celebration. This year’s performance will be “A Sense of Wonder” by Kaiulani Lee. The first of two performances will take place Thursday evening, February 20, 2014 at 7:00pm on campus at the TheatreLab. The next performance will be Friday, February 21, 2014. The event will be held at 7:30pm in Schein Hall at BIG ARTS on Sanibel. The Center will also host its Tenth Annual Fundraising Celebration Immediately following the second performance, it will take place on the BIG ARTS porch and terrace at 9:00pm.
We invite you to join us in remembering a decade’s worth of scholarship, education, and action in pursuit of a more peaceful and sustainable world. For more information please contact our Student Assistants at 239-590-7025 or our Executive Secretary at 239-590-7444.