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Earth Charter Reflections Speakers


Respect and Care for the Community of Life, Ecological Integrity, Social and Economic Justice, Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace


Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran
is Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he serves as Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. He has been a Faculty Member at College of the Atlantic, Swarthmore College, and Bates College, and a visiting professor in Australia, The Netherlands, and Fiji. He works extensively in international environmental education with special interest in the South Pacific Island Nations. He is among the founders of the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership and has conducted their consultations with stakeholders in tertiary education in many regions of the world. He is Past President of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Corcoran is on the President’s Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation. He serves as Senior Fellow in Education for Sustainability at University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in Washington, DC, and is Senior Advisor to Earth Charter International in San Jose, Costa Rica. His recent books are A Voice for Earth: American Writers Respond to the Earth Charter with A. James Wohlpart, University of Georgia Press (2008), The Earth Charter in Action: Toward a Sustainable World published in the Netherlands by Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) Publishers (2005), and Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Contestation, Critique, Practice, and Promise with Arjen Wals published in The Netherlands by Kluwer Academic Press (2004). He is currently at work with co-editor Philip Molo Osano on the book, Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development: Exploring Principles, Perspectives, and Praxis, to be published in The Netherlands by Wageningen Academic Publishers in 2009.

Dr. Elisabeth Ferrero
is professor of Humanities at Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida.  Closely involved with the Earth Charter process since 1998, she was appointed by the late Maximo Kalaw, Director of the Earth Council, to  produce the official Italian translation of Draft II of the Earth Charter and tostart the National Committee of the Earth Charter in Italy.  With Dr. Joe Holland she is the author of The Earth Charter: A Study Book of Reflection For Action [Redwoods Press, 2002] which has been translated into Italian [2003], Portuguese [2005] and currently  into German. In Italy she is recognized as a leading figure of the Earth Charter and regularly holds conferences and seminars at various universities. She founded Saint Thomas University Study Abroad For Earth [SAFE] program, which has organized ecological study programs, many of which centered around the Earth Charter, in Italy and in Ecuador [1991-1995].  For many years, she organized major  conferences in Assisi, Italy, on Spirituality and Sustainability [1995-1998]. She is also a published poet in both Italian and in English.  Her latest book of poems is Barefoot Mapping, Redwoods Press [ 2007]. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Dr. James Wohlpart, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, is a Professor of English and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a founding member of the faculty, having arrived in August 1994, three years before the university opened. In the inaugural year of Florida Gulf Coast University, he received the XX Award (The Twenty) for his leadership in opening the new university. He has taught courses in American Literature and Environmental Literature.  His latest publications have focused on the area of environmental literature and engagement with place, including publications in the South Atlantic Review on Emily Dickinson and on Orion online on the Riverwoods Field Laboratory. He serves on the Board of the Estero Bay Buddies, a citizen support organization, and was a founding member of ECOSanibel (Earth Charter of Sanibel). When possible, he spends time quietly and gently walking Earth.


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