Award-winning reporter and author Michael Grunwald to speak at FSC’s Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2007) — Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes award-winning reporter and author Michael Grunwald to the Florida Lecture Series on Oct. 11. Grunwald will discuss “The Swamp: The Everglades.” The lecture will start at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room of the Thad Buckner Building on the FSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are delighted to have TIME Magazine’s Michael Grunwald on campus. His award-winning saga of the Florida Everglades combines history, environmentalism, politics, and investigative journalism all in one delicious bite,” said James Denham, professor of history and director of FSC’s Center for Florida History.
A native of Greenvale, N.Y. and graduate of Harvard College in 1992, Grunwald worked for the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, and is now a senior correspondent for Time magazine. He has won the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting, and the Society of Environmental Journalists award for in-depth reporting. In 2006, Simon & Schuster published his first book, “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise,” which won the Florida Book Award’s Gold Medal for Non-Fiction.
About the Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series is produced by the Center for Florida History under the direction of Dr. James M. Denham. The program brings speakers to the Lakeland campus who approach the issue of “Florida Life and Culture” from a wide range of disciplines, including history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology, literature, music and art. Its overall objective is to create an opportunity for members of the community, faculty, and student body to listen to, interact with and learn from leading scholars and specialists of the state’s history and culture.
About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive United Methodist-affiliated college with a liberal arts core. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 46 undergraduate majors and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio; is a national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 26 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked in the Top 5 “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South” by U.S. News & World Report and is included in The Princeton Review’s “366 Best Colleges” guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. Located on scenic Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.