Forum at USF-St. Pete forum to explore intersection of environmental humanities and public policy.

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A former Florida governor, a noted nature photographer and a celebrated poet will join historians and writers at a public forum on the future of water in Florida at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Hosted by the Florida Studies Program, the March 30 forum is an unusual effort to explore the intersection of environmental humanities and public policy.

The forum will include a keynote address by former Gov. Bob Martinez, a meditation on water by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Peter Meinke and a display of photos by John Moran. A panel discussion will include writers Cynthia Barnett, Christopher F. Meindl, Bill Belleville, Jack Davis, Steven Noll and Margaret Ross Tolbert. The forum is free and open to the public. It will be March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Harbor Hall (formerly the Dali Museum).

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.