The Gulf
with author Jack E. Davis
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 1:30PM
Dixon Education Building

Book Discussion

Pulitzer Prize in History
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
with author Jack E. Davis

Jack E. Davis will read excerpts from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea,” also a 2017 New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction. He will discuss the forgotten Gulf, the sea beyond an oil sump and sunning beach,  and how it has been a positive force in our lives.

When painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was struck by its “special kind of providence.” The Gulf presented itself as America’s sea, bound by geography, culture, and tradition to the national experience. In this rich and original work that explores the Gulf through our human connection with the sea, environmental historian Jack E. Davis finally places this exceptional region into the American mythos in a sweeping history that extends from the Pleistocene age to the twenty-first century.

Ultimately, Davis reminds us that amidst the ruin, beauty awaits its return, as the Gulf is, and has always been, an ongoing story. Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying grievous assaults of recent centuries, “The Gulf” suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region’s history can inform the country’s path ahead.

Jack E. Davis is an award-winning author of three books. He has published articles in Orion, Forum, and The New York Times. His latest book, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” was released in 2017. He previously published “An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Environmental Century,” in 2009. He is currently a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, where he impresses upon his students the fine art of writing.


There is no charge to attend.

Reservations are required and can be made starting on October 1, 2018.

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The Florida Voices series offers you the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialog with celebrated Florida authors. Each program features a presentation by the author, a Q&A, and a book signing.

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Florida Voices is generously supported by the Fred J. Brotherton Endowment for Literature of the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation.


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