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FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education Hosts 10th Anniversary Celebration and Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture on Feb. 21

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) celebrates its 10th anniversary and hosts its 2014 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island.

For the first time in the center's history, this signature event will feature a theatrical performance. Actress Kaiulani Lee will perform her one-woman show "A Sense of Wonder," which is based on the life and works of Rachel Carson, in the Schein Performance Hall.

A reception will follow in Phillips Gallery to celebrate the center's decade of scholarship, education and action in pursuit of a more peaceful and sustainable world. Guests will enjoy refreshments while Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran and co-chairs Mary Evelyn Tucker and David Orr make remarks on the organization's history and its future. Rachel Carson scholars Rick Clugston and Kaiulani Lee will join them to reflect on the importance of Carson's work.

"A Sense of Wonder" portrays Carson's love of the natural world and her fight to defend it. Written by Lee, the play has been performed at more than 100 universities and has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism and the environment.

Patron tickets for the performance and reception are sold by the center for $75 and include reserved elevated loge seating for the performance. Call Kendra Carboneau at (239) 590-7444 to request patron tickets.

General-admission tickets for the show and reception are available at the BIG ARTS box office for $50 or $15 for students/children. Floor seating at this level is not reserved.

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education is a scholarly center located at FGCU. The center works toward realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future. For additional information, go to

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