Category: Press Releases
Posted By: Denise Gallagher
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents the first Coffee and Conversation Speaker Series Program of the season, featuring Jack Davis, professor of Environmental History and Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00p.m., second floor courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Jack previously taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was Director of Environmental Studies, and at Eckerd College. For the academic year 2002- 2003, he was a Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, where he taught American Studies in the graduate school at the University of Jordan. He earned a doctorate in history from Brandeis University in 1994.
Davis is the author of An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), recipient of the gold medal from the Florida Book Awards, and Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930, which received the Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association for the most outstanding book in southern history of 2001. Davis’s edited volumes include The Civil Rights Movement (2000); The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (2002); Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth- Century Florida (2003); and Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida (2005). He has published articles in several scholarly journals and has presented papers and served on panels at two dozen professional conferences. A regular public speaker for the Florida Humanities Council and a contributor to its magazine, Forum, he won two first-place prizes from the Florida Magazine Association for best feature writing and best in-depth reporting, for a 2011 article on the Gulf of Mexico, the subject of his next book. The new work in progress is titled, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, under contract with W.W. Norton. Davis writes his books not for an academic audience but a broader intellectually curious one.
He has completed artist/writer residencies at Escape to Create, Seaside, Florida (January 2013), and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire (May 2014). He divides his time between Gainesville, Florida, and Harrisville, New Hampshire.
This program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. Call 352-341-6428 to reserve a seat today.