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FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education Celebrates First Anniversary with Fundraising Reception Feb. 26

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Center invites the public to a fundraising reception in celebration of the FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education's first anniversary, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Gulf Pines home of Mallory and Peter Haffenreffer on Sanibel Island.

Award-winning poet Alison Hawthorne Deming and environmental writer and scholar David Orr, who both serve on the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education's Board of Advisors, will provide brief remarks.

Invitations to the anniversary celebration and fundraising reception are available from Center director and professor of Environmental Education Peter Blaze Corcoran at (239) 590-7166.

Deming is professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona, a direct descendent of American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and recipient of the Pushcart Prize, which the New York Times says is "the single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today."

Orr is chair and professor of the environmental studies program at Oberlin College. Orr is known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design.

In its first year, the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education launched the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series, which featured Deming as a speaker last March.

Representatives of the media are invited to attend the next Rachel Carson Lecture with renowned author Barbara Kingsolver 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 at BIG Arts in conjunction with Sanibel Reads and hosted by Billy's Bikes. Tickets for that event are sold out.

The mission of the FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education is to advance 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.

For more information, contact Donna Roberts at (239) 472-8998.

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