On February 4th at 7 p.m., Jack E. Davis will give a talk on his Pulitzer-prizing winning book “The Gulf.” The event will feature an introduction by Commissioner Kelly Windes and NWFSC President Dr. Stephenson, and take place at the Sprint Theater on the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Book proceeds and donations benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.
Jack E. Davis is a professor of history specializing in environmental history and sustainability studies. Before joining the faculty at the University of Florida in 2003, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Eckerd College, and in 2002 was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Jordan in Amman.
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 next book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), received a gold medal from the Florida Book Awards.
The Gulf was a New York Times Notable Book for 2017 and made several other “best of” lists for the year, including those of the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, and the Tampa Bay Times. In addition to winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History, The Gulf was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and winner of the Kirkus Prize for nonfiction.
“The book focuses on the foundational history and ecology that has shaped our region as a whole,” says Alison McDowell, CBA Director, “As a non-profit organization dedicated to studying and improving our natural environment, we are looking forward to meeting Dr. Davis and will use the proceeds from the event in our programs to enhance swimmable, fishable waterways in our community.”
The event is made possible through a generous gift from Jennifer Boxen.