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Environmental Law Expert to Speak on the Future of Florida’s Beaches at FAU ‘Surfing Florida’ Exhibition

BOCA RATON, FL (April 19, 2012) –Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries will present the lecture, “Feeling the Squeeze: The Future of the Beaches in Florida,” with University of Florida law professor Tom Ankersen on Thursday, May 3 at 8 p. m. in the Performing Arts Building, room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion that includes representatives of beach and ocean advocates from Surfrider Foundation, Blue Water Initiative (South Florida) , Gumbo Limbo Environmental Center (Boca Raton), Reef Rescue (Delray Beach), Mother Ocean and Eastern Surfing Association. The lecture is presented in association with “Surfing Florida: A Photographic History,” a landmark exhibition on view in the Schmidt Center Gallery through Saturday, May 12. The exhibition will be open for 30 minutes before and after the lecture program.

Ankersen is a legal skills professor and director of the Conservation Clinic at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville. He is one of several humanities scholars that contributed to the “Surfing Florida” exhibition by authoring an exhibit panel and selecting photographs related to the environmental and legal concerns facing Florida’s surfers. Since surfing’s first wave of popularity in the mid-1960s, a number of challenges, such as local government surfing restrictions and raw pollutants being dumped into the ocean, have affected surfer’s ability to interact with ocean waves. Ankersen will provide an overview of the critical issues facing Florida’s beaches and near shore waters in an era of accelerated coastal change driven by intensive human development and rising seas.

The Conservation Clinic at the University of Florida Levin College of Law provides service learning opportunities to law students through the provision of professional services to the conservation community. Ankersen grew up in Brevard County, and spent his collegiate summers surfing and lifeguarding on beaches from Melbourne Beach to Sebastian Inlet, as well as served as environmental editor for U.S. Surf Magazine in the early 1980s. He has a master’s degree in history from the University of South Florida with an emphasis in Florida environmental policy. Ankersen also serves as Florida Sea Grant’s statewide legal specialist.

The lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public. The “Surfing Florida” exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Palm Beach County Cultural Council; the Roslin Family Foundation and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Printing Services are provided by Konica Minolta Business Solutions. Eastern Surf Magazine is the media sponsor.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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