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Poet delivers annual Rachel Carson lecture

In this year’s Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture, poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming will explore new relationships between art and science that are emerging in response to the challenges of climate change.

Alison Hawthorne Deming
Alison Hawthorne Deming

Presented by FGCU’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, the annual lecture takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 in Sugden Hall, Room 114. Admission is free, but seating is limited to room capacity.

A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, Deming won the 1994 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets for “Science and Other Poems” and mostly recently published “Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.” In 2014, she was appointed the Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.

Her lecture, “Creating the Future: New Relationships between Art and Science in the Era of Climate Change,” will be followed by a reception in the ArtLab Gallery in the FGCU Library, in collaboration with the Crossroads of Art and Science Residency and the Bower School of Music & the Arts.

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education (CESE) works toward realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth through scholarship, education and action. Contributions to the center help support student grants, scholarly publications in environmental education, student employment, environmental education research, lectures and other educational events.

For questions regarding the lecture, contact CESE Senior Faculty Associate Patricia Fay at (239) 590-7229, or [email protected].

Deming will present a second lecture, “Zoologies: Climate Change and the Spiritual Force of Animals,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Saint Michael and All Angels Church, 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

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