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Public Invited to Inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Ethics of Sustainability
3/9/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education invites the public to attend the inaugural Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture, a dialogue on the Ethics of Sustainability, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 26 in Student Union 213.

Bucknell University professor of religion Mary Evelyn Tucker, and University of Arizona professor of creative writing, poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming will discuss the issue of sustainability with a focus on the role of ethics.

Pub Group West, publisher of Tucker’s book “Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase,” says Tucker is reputed to be “the world’s best informed person on the contemporary ecological teachings of the many religious traditions.”

Deming said in her book “Writing the Sacred Into the Real” from Milkweed Editions that “To use nature beyond its capacity to restore itself is to destroy the force and process that have given us our lives.”

Discussion topics include how ethics and values guide relationships with the natural world, what role religion and spirituality play in creating a more sustainable future, and the possibility to have enough for everyone forever.

The new distinguished lecture series is named for biologist, author and ecologist Rachel Louise Carson, who died in 1964. According to biographer Linda Lear (www.rachelcarson.org ), Carson began a 15-year career in the federal service as a scientist and editor before becoming the editor in chief of publications for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Carson later focused on warning the public about the long-term effects of misusing pesticides, challenging the practices of agricultural scientists. In 1963, she testified before Congress, calling for new policies to protect human health and the environment.

The mission of the FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education is to work toward realizing a sustainable and peaceful future through scholarship, education and action.

The FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education advances understanding and achievement of the goals of environmental and sustainability education through innovative educational research methods, emergent eco-pedagogies, and educational philosophy and practice based on ethics of care and sustainability.

FGCU professor of environmental studies Peter Corcoran is director of the Center and chair of the Humanities and Arts A. James Wohlpart is assistant Director. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Carolyn M. Gray, dean of the College of Education Larry W. Byrnes and dean of Graduate Studies Jack Crocker are members of the Board of Advisors.

The lecture is supported by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and by the Estero Bay Buddies.

For more information, contact Wohlpart at (239) 590-7181 or wohlpart@fgcu.edu .


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