Terry Tempest Williams is an author, educator, activist, and an advocate for freedom of speech and environmental justice. She has written many books, some of which are read in classes at FGCU, including Refuge: An unnatural History of Family and Place, The Open Space for Democracy, and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her most recent bestselling work, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, was published in June, 2016 to coincide with and honor the centennial of the National Park Service.
Rachel Carson’s work is the inspiration for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. The Lecture has been named in her honor since the Center was established in 2004. Carson’s contribution , most relevant to the mission of the Center, are public policy based on sound science and ethics, active participation of an ecologically literate citizenry, and appreciation of the natural world through the literary arts and environmental education.