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FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education Presents Annual Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education presents the annual Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Student Union ballroom.

The Center invites stakeholders, community members, students and campus leaders for conversation and snacks outside the ballroom before the event at 6 p.m. FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw will offer opening remarks.

This year, the Center invited Ishmael Beah, author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," to FGCU to join a discussion on how young people can communicate and collaborate for a sustainable and peaceful future.In "A Long Way Gone," a chronicle of his experience as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, Beah uses words to create a powerful message of hope in extreme adversity.

FGCU's Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue will include other youth speakers on topics such as digital collaboration toward sustainability, critical engagement with consumer media, and the theme of hope, despair and the future. Other confirmed panelists include Arabella Daniels of the Student Farmworker Alliance and Jake Scott, FGCU alumnus and participant in environmental boards in the United States and United Kingdom with special interest in environmental justice and youth environmental leadership.

The Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue is an event for students, by students. Faculty is encouraged to invite students to attend, as students organize the Dialogue and comprise most of its audience. The series focuses on education for a sustainable future, including our role as stewards of our natural, cultural and political environments.

Intended to spark youth action and inspire the intellectual climate among the FGCU and Southwest Florida communities, the initiative fosters an open space for dialogue and student ownership of that dialogue. The event is free and open to the public.

The Dialogue is a signature event of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, an academic research center that works toward realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth through scholarship, education and action.

For more information, please contact the Center by e-mail at or by phone at (239) 590-7166.

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