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Book Launch for “Writing for the Public Good”

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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The Matheson History Museum is excited to welcome back author and UF master lecturer Dr. Steve Noll for the launch of his newest book “Writing for the Public Good” (UF Press, 2022). Registration is free.

For the safety of staff and attendees, capacity will be limited to 75 people and masks are required. Admission is free but registration is required: A virtual option via Zoom is available for those who cannot attend in person:

“Writing for the Public Good” presents a selection of over 100 important opinion pieces from David R. Colburn (1942-2019) and Senator Bob Graham, two of the most influential public figures in contemporary Florida. Spanning 30 years and addressing a wide variety of topics that continue to be relevant today, these essays show the key role of Florida in modern American life and politics and illustrate the power of civic engagement in tackling issues facing the nation.

Together, these essays chart the history of modern Florida, reflecting the state’s rise to a Sunbelt powerhouse that is often at the center of national conversations. Colburn and Graham challenge readers to consider and discuss different perspectives on current issues and, above all, to respond. Readers will come away with renewed hope that their actions can make a difference to improve society and will be inspired to work for a better tomorrow.

The talk will focus on the process of Dr. Noll working with these 2 individuals as the book came to being and the development of the book from a series of disconnected pieces to a cohesive volume. It will also include readings from selected op-ed pieces written by both authors and time for questions and discussion about the importance of such a work in today’s polarized political discourse.


April 23
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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