2019 Jerrell Shofner Lecture on Florida History and Culture - Perspectives on Florida's Environment

Monday, October 14, 2019 noon to 1:30 p.m.

In its seventh year, the 2019 Jerrell Shofner Lecture on Florida History and Culture will focus on “Florida’s Environmental History” and expands its usual format of a single scholar to include two panels of scholars.

Panel One - Perspectives on Florida's Environment 


Dr. Mike Gunter Jr. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow who teaches courses on environmental politics, sustainable development, and international security at Rollins College. His current project, Tales of an Ecotourist, makes a case for experiential learning as a route to better understand climate change. Gunter also serves as director of the interdisciplinary International Relations Program as well as an advisor to Rollins’ Washington Semester Program. He was Rollins’ first faculty-in-residence and directed its Living & Learning Communities, whose programs link academic and social aspects on campus.

Dr. Chris Wilhelm specializes in modern U.S. history, environmental history, and the history of the U.S. South. His research has mostly examined the Everglades. He is finalizing a book manuscript on the creation of Everglades National Park entitled From Swamp to Wetland.His recent publications include: “Conservatives in the Everglades,” in Journal of Southern History; and “For the Birds: Challenging Wilderness in the Everglades” in Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. His next project looks at the history of marine preservation in Florida. 

Dr. Steven Noll teaches in the history department at the University of Florida, where he has taught since 1992. He received his PhD from UF in 1991.He has published three books: Feeble-Minded in our Midst (1995); Mental Retardation in America (2004); and, most recently, Ditch of Dreams: The Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future (2009). Ditch of Dreams started through a grant from the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and was researched and written in collaboration with Professor David Tegeder. Noll is currently working on two books- one on the continuing controversy over removing Rodman Dam from the Ocklawaha River and the other on the disability rights protests of the 1970s.

Dr. Noll is currently teaching a senior seminar at UF on “Florida Environmental History and the 3 Marjories.”

 RSVP to Kayla.Campana@ucf.edu by October 10.

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