Brunch and Speaker


Brunch for the Bay   Sunday   March 8th BYC


1200   Brunch and Silent Auction starts

1200   Mingle time, shirts for sale, raffle tickets for sale, brochures & pamphlets on the tables for people to review

1230   Greeting  - Why Brunch for the Bay is needed?  – Where the money goes – What we have done to date, The 



1300 (1PM) Distinguished Speaker, Jack Emerson Davis, author and professor of history

Our Speaker -Jack Emerson Davis teaches environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida and was awarded the 2018 History Pulitzer Prize for his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea


What he will talk about at the Brunch?


Davis is a professor of history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida. His book received a number of other accolades, including the Kirkus Prize and a New York Times Notable Book.

Davis talks about his personal connections to the Gulf and how the sea and communities surrounding it have evolved since his childhood.


Davis will discuss  the sport of tarpon fishing in the Gulf kick-started Florida’s tourism industry, and the important roles other marine species like oysters, sponges and mullet played in Gulf communities.

We also talk about some notable people who had connections to the Gulf, like painter Winslow Homer and baseball player Ted Williams.


Davis received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. He also wrote An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, a dual biography of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Florida Everglades; and Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez since 1930. With Raymond Arsenault, he edited Paradise Lost?: The Environmental History of Florida, a collection of essays on the history of the human relationship with Florida nature.


His other works include The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (2002); Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth-Century Florida (2003), edited by Kari Frederickson and Davis; and The Civil Rights Movement (2000).

Davis earned a BA (1985) and MA (1989) from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in 1994 from Brandeis University. Before joining the University of Florida faculty, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was director of environmental studies.[1] He also taught at Eckerd College.

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.[1] An Everglades Providence (2009), received the Florida Book Award gold medal in the nonfiction category.[3] In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea was awarded the 2017 Kirkus Prize in nonfiction and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book covers the history of Gulf of Mexico from geological formation to the present (2016).





1345   Introduce Environmental Organizations 

1345  Silent Auction Ends

1355  Recognize Major Donors

1400  Environmental Achievement Award  ?? 

1410  Open discussion on issues

1440  Raffle winners

1445  End of Program - pay for silent auction items




BYC Brunch Menu



Assorted Bagels & Muffins with Cream Cheese and Preserves

Fresh Tropical Fruit Platter, Domestic Cheese Display with Assorted Crackers

Lean Bacon and Sausage

Traditional Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise, 

Hash Brown Potato Casserole

Omelet Station



Garden or Caesar Salad, Rice Pilaf & Garden Patch Vegetables

Carved Honey Glazed Ham

Assorted Pastries & Desserts


Coffee, tea, decaf and chilled juices


Cost of Brunch $75 ( $30 cost of food + $ 45 donation)



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