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UF prof to discuss Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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Begins: April 18, 2019 2:00 pm
Ends: April 18, 2019 3:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Jack Davis will discuss the life and legacy of writer, feminist and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

Dr. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainable studies at the University of Florida. He received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” an environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico.

Douglas (1890-1998) will always be remembered as the woman who saved the Everglades. She defended the Everglades against efforts to drain and develop the wetlands. Her most influential work was “The Everglades: River of Grass,” which changed the popular conception of the Everglades from a worthless swamp to a vast, flowing river. She worked tirelessly for the Everglades restoration until her death at age 108.

The free program is part of the Volusia County Public Library system’s Florida Humanities Speaker Series, which is honoring indomitable women who helped shape the Sunshine State. This program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Reservations are not required. For more information, call the library at 386-789-7207, option 1, then 4.