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FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education Hosts the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Featuring David W. Orr

FORT MYERS, FL - In a presentation sure to captivate students and community members alike, author David W. Orr will present the popular Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture on Friday, February 17, 2006, 10:30 a.m., at Florida Gulf Coast University, in the Sprint Room of Whitaker Hall. It is sponsored by the FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. A similar Lecture takes place at St. Michael and All Angels Church on Sanibel Island at 7:00 p.m., also on Friday, February 17, 2006.

Titled Lessons from Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma: Environment, Politics and Global Destabilization, Orr aims to connect the dots and draw conclusions about how the increased number, frequency, and intensity of hurricanes are tied to global climate change, and the critical role of politics in these issues. An informal book signing reception with Orr will follow the Sanibel Lecture.

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, in Ohio. He is best known for his pioneering work in environmental literacy in higher education, and his work in ecological design. Orr's books include Ecological Literacy, required reading for all FGCU undergraduate students, Earth in Mind, The Nature of Design, and most recently, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, now in its second edition.

Orr serves as co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, and will be on hand for the Center's annual fundraising reception the following evening, Saturday, February 18, 2006, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The gathering is being hosted by Mallory and Peter Haffenreffer at their Sanibel Island home. Invitations to the reception are still available by calling the Center at (239) 590-7166.

The FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education works toward realizing a sustainable and peaceful future through scholarship, education, and action. Rachel Carson's contribution to human understanding of our environment is the inspiration for the Center's efforts.

For further information about the Lecture, or for an invitation to the Center's fundraising reception, please call director Peter Blaze Corcoran at (239) 590-7166, or Donna Roberts at (239) 810-0241.

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