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Florida Humanities Speaker Series

The Florida Humanities Series is a partnership between the Florida Humanities Council and Stetson University. Program funding is also provided by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

Craig Pittman

October 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Rinker Welcome Center

Staff writer, Tampa Bay Times
"Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss"

A native Floridian, Craig Pittman is a four-time recipient of the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. He will address Florida's unbridled development and the impact on its wetland systems and biodiversity.

Dr. Jack Davis

November 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Lynn Business Center, Rinker Auditorium

Professor of History and Sustainability Studies, University of Florida
"The Rivers Run To It"

Dr. Jack E. Davis, award-winning author and editor of 7 books on environmental history, will address the historic and present cultural connections between Florida's rivers and the sea. He recently published Gulf: " "The Making of an American Sea. "

Dr. Peggy Macdonald

January 30, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Rinker Welcome Center

Executive Director, Matheson History Museum
"Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment"

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.

Cynthia Barnett

April 12, 2018, Rinker Welcome Center

Environmental Journalist
"Rain: A Cultural and Natural History"

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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