Gulf Coast Live

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

The FGCU College of Arts and Sciences kicks off its Seidler Family Lecture Series with a visit from Dr. Lisa Anderson. She is the James T. Shotwell Professor Emeritas of International Relations at Columbia University and serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her resume includes serving as Dean of the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and President of the American University in Cairo.

Her speaking engagement is entitled “The State and its Competitors in the Arab World.”  She will look at the role government plays in Arab cultures where other factions like family, tribe, and religion constantly compete for loyalty while fulfilling day-to-day needs.

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A big year, at least amongst birders, is an unofficial competition to see who can see or hear the most species of birds within a given geographical area. This can be done within a state, country or, even, the world.

Christmas Day has come and gone, but the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, has even more weight in some cultures. Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a traditional Catholic holiday is celebrated on the 6th of January through much of Latin America -- and arguably, most so, on the island of Puerto Rico. Sanibel poet Joe Pacheco brings us this piece remembering his first tropical Christmas.

Courtesy of the Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers serves as Lee County’s professional orchestra and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The ensemble’s musicians have been providing a broad range of classical performances to local audiences for more than half a century and the group is wasting no time kicking off the New Year with the latest installment of their ‘Masterworks’ concert series this Friday, Jan. 6 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

We'll sit down for the hour with Nathan Hill. The Naples-based novelist's first book, "The Nix," took the literary world by storm in 2016. We'll ask him what the onslaught of literary fame has been like, and how it felt to learn that great American novelist John Irving had compared his work to Charles Dickens.