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FGCU Invites Public to Inaugural University Lecture Series with Renowned Writer Maya Angelou Feb. 28

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public to "An Evening with Maya Angelou," a free event, 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28 in Alico Arena to kickoff FGCU's University Lecture Series.

Selected as one of Writer's Digest's 100 Best Writers of the 20th Century, Angelou is renowned for many literary accolades including nomination for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 novel "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie."

Angelou's 1970 autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" made her the first black American to have a book run for two years on the New York Times' Best Seller list for paperback nonfiction.

In 1993, Angelou became only the second poet in the history of the United States to be asked to present original work at a presidential inauguration. She wrote and recited the poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" for the swearing in of President Bill Clinton.

Additionally, Angelou has received 45 honorary degrees from colleges and universities around the world, and is recognized as an educator, historian, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director.

Angelou's other best selling works include "A Song Flung Up to Heaven," (2002) a New York Times best-seller for hardcover nonfiction, and "Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes" (2004).

In 1981, Wake Forest University in North Carolina appointed Angelou to a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies.

Spearheaded by FGCU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Bonnie Yegidis and co-sponsored by The President's Society, FGCU kicks off its distinguished University Lecture Series in concurrence with Black History Month.

The FGCU University Lecture Series is designed to expand the world of ideas and creative expression for students and the broader community. FGCU plans to biannually host distinguished speakers of national and international importance to provoke intellectual engagement and inspire critical thinking on a wide range of topics and issues of local and global significance.

The event is free and open to the public. Addition information about the FGCU University Lecture Series is available on the World Wide Web at .

For more information, contact Lien Bragg at(239) 590-7035.

A high resolution photograph of Maya Angelou is available for download at

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