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January 10, 2013

Jan. 18 talk at Hoke Library explores humanity and nature in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit


DATE:  JANUARY 8, 2013      


Nathaniel Osborn will present “Altered Eden: Humanity and Nature in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon” on Friday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. The illustrated talk is free and open to the public.

Nineteenth century settlers in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon (IRL) region created an isolated fringe culture wholly dependent on the instable hydrological forces of the shallow lagoon system. These settlers were among the first to construct a built environment marked by the dredging and filling that would define much of the Twentieth century Sunshine State. There has been no period when the IRL ecosystem has not been in a state of flux and change. This talk suggests that attempts to “restore” the lagoon will declare an arbitrary historical form to be standard for the system.

Nathaniel Osborn earned a masters degree from Florida Atlantic University in 2012.
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