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Overview of Event
The 2019 Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University on October 3rd and 4th (Thursday and Friday). Thursday will be dedicated primarily to undergraduate research that address our theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Panels and a poster session will be moderated and judged by faculty and other members of the FGCU community. There will also be an informal social event on Thursday evening for faculty, scholars, and graduate students who are participating in the Colloquium.
Graduate and Emerging Scholar panels will be held on
Friday prior to the “main event” – the discussion of our primary artifacts. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants, and there will be an off-campus BBQ following the adjournment of the Colloquium.
The Colloquium and all associated events will take place on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. The specific building and room assignments for Thursday’s sessions will be listed in the final program. All of Friday’s sessions (including the main discussion of texts) will take place in the Cohen Center, Rooms 213 and 214. Please consult the FGCU campus map here:
There is a parking garage and auxiliary lot immediately adjacent to the Cohen Center. Visitor passes will be provided to registered participants.

FGCU Address: 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. Fort Myers, FL 33965

Travelling to Fort Myers

FGCU is located on the southern border of Ft. Myers (two hours driving from Tampa or Miami, three from Orlando). The campus is an easy drive from I-75. If you are coming from the north, take exit 128 (Alico Road). If you are coming from the south, take exit 123 (Corkscrew Road).
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is 6 miles from the FGCU campus and is a surprisingly easy airport to get in and out of. The Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) offers relatively inexpensive fares from Allegiant Air (approximately 35 miles north of FGCU).
Hotels and Lodging

Those staying the night on Thursday and/or Friday should find plenty of options for lodging nearby (though we should note that the Colloquium is being held at the beginning of our “in season” for tourism). All of the hotels listed below are within a 10 minute drive of the FGCU campus.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Estero
10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr, Estero, FL 33928•(239) 949-4222
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Estero/FGCU
10611 Chevrolet Way, Estero, FL 33928•(239) 947-5566
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Myers at I-75 and Gulf Coast Town Center
10050 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913•(239) 332-4747
Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers at I-75 and Gulf Coast Town Center
10054 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913•(239) 332-7001
Drury Inn & Suites Fort Myers Airport FGCU
9950 University Plaza Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913•(239) 267-1340
Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Airport/FGCU
16450 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, FL 33913•(239) 210-7300
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport/FGCU
16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, FL 33913•(239) 210-7200

Places to Eat


There are numerous on-campus options for food and beverages. Inside the Cohen Center (or within a brief walk) you will find Einstein’s Bagels, Papa John’s Pizza, Jamba Juice, Brahma Sushi Express, a sandwich deli and grill, Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts. For details, visit:
Due to its close proximity to three popular shopping centers (Coconut Point, Miromar Outlet, Gulf Coast Town Centers), there are over 100 different options for food and refreshments within a ten minute drive of campus. University Village Shops has recently opened, featuring a variety of restaurants within a 5 minute drive (or long walk) of campus.

Things To Do
The Southwest Florida area offers numerous options for those who want to “make a weekend of it.” Nearby shopping centers offer an abundance of stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues such as movie theaters and game arcades (such as Dave & Buster’s). Being situated so close to both the coast and the Everglades, there is ample natural beauty to explore as well. For reference, the FGCU campus is on the southern border of Ft. Myers, adjacent to the village of Estero (other nearby towns and cities include Bonita Springs, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Cape Coral). Ft. Myers is in Lee County.
DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS (25 minute drive from FGCU)
Downtown Fort Myers is home to the River District – a walkable, intimate urban area with shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, and other attractions. Try the Singapore Street Noodles at Ichiban’s before relaxing at Millenial Brewing company. For more information, visit:
Given our theme of Innovation, it is certainly appropriate for us to point out some of the area’s most famous (part time) residents – Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The grounds contains a museum, laboratory, and gardens. For more information, visit:
FORT MYERS BEACH (30 minute drive from FGCU)
Both the name of a beach as well as the town it is located in, Fort Myers Beach offers a fun nightlife right on the sand. Take in dinner and a movie at the Beach Theater before heading to the Lani Kai for a nightcap. For more information, visit:
BONITA BEACH (30 minute drive from FGCU)
The quieter, more relaxed neighbor of Fort Myers Beach. Be sure to stop at Taco Mix on your way. If you have a few extra minutes, consider going to nearby Barefoot Beach Preserve.
HERTZ ARENA (5 minutes from FGCU)
Home to the Florida Everblades professional hockey team, Hertz arena also offers public skating, concerts, and other shows throughout the year. For more information, visit
KORESHAN STATE PARK (10 minutes from FGCU)
Situated along the Estero River, the land the this state park encompasses was once home to an eclectic religious cult established in the area in the late 19th century. Go on a tour of their homestead, explore nature trails, paddle the river, or poke through the weekly farmer’s market (there’s camping available, too). For more information, visit:
GO FOR A HIKE (on campus and in various other locations)
There are numerous opportunities for exploring the natural beauty of southwest Florida, beginning on campus with the FGCU Nature Trails. From there, consider visiting the Six Mile Cypress Preserve or even making the trip to the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. For a few more examples, visit:
HIT THE ALE TRAIL (various locations)
Enjoy craft beer? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that there are nearly twenty local breweries that make up the “Southwest Florida Ale Trail.” Favorites include the Fort Myers Brewing Company, Momentum Brewhouse, and Naples Beach Brewery. For more information, visit: