Paradise Lost: Reflections on Florida’s Environmental History

Presented By Jack Davis

University of Florida environmental historian Jack Davis discusses the natural side of the human saga in Florida’s history, from the early artists and writers who discovered a paradise place to the doomed landscape for which they feared and to the modern-day challenges to restore that which has been lost.

Dr. Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainable studies at the University of Florida. He is the author or editor of several books on Florida and is a frequent contributor to Forum. His latest book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, won the gold medal in nonfiction from the Florida book awards. He is now writing Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, an environmental history of the U.S. Gulf region from geological formation to the present. The book builds on an article he wrote for Forum, which was the recipient of two Charlie Awards.

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