Florida Humanities Speaker Series Continues At Stetson University

By on November 6, 2017 in Community Stories

DeLand, FL– Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with Stetson University, the Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues with “The Rivers Run To It,” featuring Jack Davis, Ph.D. Part of a series of four engaging talks on various aspects of Florida’s environmental history this event will address the historic and present cultural connections between Florida’s rivers and the sea.

The event is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Lynn Business Center, Rinker Auditorium, 345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723. This event is free and open to the public.

“It is impossible to examine Florida’s environmental history without close examination of human interaction with our rivers and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Wendy Anderson, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Studies at Stetson University. “We are pleased to provide the forum for noted environmental historian Jack Davis to share with guests how the Gulf and Florida’s rivers have adapted and changed through the years as a result of a variety of factors including tourism, environmental disasters, and climate change.”

Drawing from his recently published book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, Davis will focus on the relationship between Florida’s rivers and the coast as they relate to human exploration and expansion through Florida.

Davis is an award-winning author and editor of seven books on environmental history and a professor of environmental history and sustainable studies at the University of Florida. His book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, won the gold medal in nonfiction from the Florida book awards.

The Florida Humanities Council (www.FloridaHumanities.org) partners with community organizations around the state. Support for the speaker series is provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

Florida Humanities Speakers Series at Stetson University Schedule of Upcoming Events

(All events are free and open to the public.)

Nov. 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

“The Rivers Run To It”

Jack Davis, Ph.D., professor of history and sustainability studies, University of Florida

Stetson University, Lynn Business Center, Rinker Auditorium

345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723

Jan. 30, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

“Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment”

Peggy Macdonald, Ph.D., executive director, Matheson History Museum

Stetson University, Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center

529 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723

Peggy Macdonald is executive director of the Matheson History Museum. Her book, Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment, won Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award contest in Women’s Studies.

April 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

“Rain: A Cultural and Natural History”

Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist

Stetson University, Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center

529 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723

Cynthia Barnett teaches environmental journalism, and nature and adventure writing at the University of Florida. She is an award-winning environmental journalist who has reported on water and climate change around the world. Her latest book is Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, nominated for the National Book Award and a finalist for the 2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

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Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017

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