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Terry Tempest Williams and Orion Society'Open Space of Democracy Tour Arrive in Fort Myers and on Sanibel Island, October 24 & 25

FORT MYERS, FL - Students of Florida Gulf Coast University and members of the southwest Florida community will have the opportunity to meet acclaimed writer and activist, Terry Tempest Williams, on Sunday, October 24, and Monday, October 25.

Williams will speak at a student-organized event on Sunday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m. in FGCU's Student Union Ballroom. Lectures and town hall meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 25, at 10:00 a.m. in the FGCU Ballroom, and at 7:00 p.m. on Sanibel Island, at St. Michael and All Angels Church. All three events are free and open to the public.

The student coalition created to bring Williams to campus on Sunday includes the Arts Club, Eagle News, Eagle Radio, FGCU College Democrats, FGCU College Republicans, International Club, Ministry of Truth, Model United Nations Club, National Communication Association Honor Society, Newman Club, Race of Women Club, Sexual Orientation Diversity Association, and University Environment Club. The two events on Monday are Rachel Carson Distinguished Lectures, hosted by FGCU's Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, and co-hosted by Florida members of the Orion Grassroots Network.

The Orion Society's Open Space of Democracy Tour is a nation-wide series of events, in which Terry Tempest Williams reads from her book, "The Open Space of Democracy", a triptych of essays recently published in Orion magazine. She then opens the space for dialogue, in a town-hall style meeting, and moderates the conversation. Williams's essays offer a sharp-edged perspective on the ethics and politics of place, the soul of democracy, and the responsibilities of citizen participation. Her southwest Florida engagements are the final stops on this tour, and the only Florida locations in which Williams will speak.

While the Sunday, October 24 event is entirely student organized and hosted, the two engagements on Monday, October 25, are co-hosted by ten Florida members of the Orion Grassroots Network, including Earth Charter of Sanibel, Florida Panther Society, Heart of the Earth, Nova Southeastern University-Cross Disciplinary Studies, Pinellas County
Environmental Lands Division, Reef Relief, Red Hills Writers Project, Riverwoods Field Lab, Walkable Communities, and Worden Farm.

For more information on these events, please contact Jim Wohlpart at (239) 590-7181 or Peter Blaze Corcoran at (239) 590-7166.

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