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 Two - Roundtable on Florida's Environment
Jack E. Davis, professor of history and Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities specializing in environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida. He is also the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea (2017). Upon joining the faculty at UF, he founded the department’s student journal, Alpata: A Journal of History. His Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930 won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history published in 2001.
His book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), received a gold medal from the Florida Book Awards. Davis is currently editing a new edition of Wild Heart of Florida, a collection of personal essays and poems about natural Florida. In April 2019, Dr. Davis was one of the recipients of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie fellowship award.
Michele Navakas is an associate professor of English and affiliate of American Studies at Miami University of Ohio, where she teaches early American literature, culture, and environment. She also co-chairs the American Cultures Seminar, an interdisciplinary research cluster supported by Miami’s Humanities Center. She is the author of Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), and her essays have been published in American Literature, Early American Literature, and Early American Studies. Currently, she is working on her second book, Coral in Early American Literature, Science, and Culture.
Mark D. Hersey is an associate professor at Mississippi State University & co-editor of Environmental History, the journal of the American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society. His research interests lie in the fields of environmental, rural, and agricultural history, with a particular emphasis on the American South, most especially on Alabama and Mississippi. His first book, My Work Is That Of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011), situated the agricultural and environmental work of George Washington Carver in the context of both the conservation movement of the early twentieth century and the environmental history of Alabama's Black Belt.
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