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FGCU Hosts the Annual Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Weekend Featuring Latin American Poet and Environmentalist Homero Aridjis
2/1/2007

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Gulf Coast University Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education invites the public to attend the annual Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Weekend featuring leading Latin American poet and environmentalist Homero Aridjis at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 in the Arts Complex at FGCU, and 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Drive in Fort Myers. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Aridjis, founder of the renowned conservation organization Grupo de los Cien, or Group of the One Hundred, is globally recognized for his conservation work protecting the habitat of monarch butterflies, gray whales and sea turtles. He has authored 36 books of poetry, fiction, drama and children's stories, many translated into a dozen languages. The former Mexican Ambassador to Switzerland and The Netherlands is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships. Other honors include the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award and Orion Society's John Hay Award. Aridjis also served as president of International PEN, http://www.internationalpen.org.uk/, from 1997 to 2003. He is currently a columnist with the Mexican newspaper, Reforma.

The Center's annual fundraising reception will be held at the Sanibel Island home of Mallory and Peter Haffenreffer from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The event is the Center's sole fundraising activity of the year, which is vital to the organization's ongoing activities, scholarly research and publication efforts in the regional community and on the international level. A $50 per person contribution is suggested.

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education works toward realizing a sustainable and peaceful future through scholarship, education and action. The Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture and the Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue are the Center's signature events.

For an invitation to the fundraising reception, or information about the Lectures, please contact professor of Environmental Education and director for the Center of Environmental and Sustainability Education Peter Blaze Corcoran at (239) 590-7166, or Donna Roberts at (239) 810-0241.


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