Lit Chat with Leslie Kemp Poole

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Lit Chat With Leslie Kemp Poole


Jacksonville Public Library + MOCA(Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville) present Art & Conversations, a series of innovative programs focused on literacy and the arts. In this series, the Jacksonville Public Library and MOCA collaborate to provide the community access to a rich set of resources by partnering an educational library program with a museum exhibition.

This series of programs centers around MOCA’s current exhibition, Structure of Nature | Nature of Structure by Jacksonville artist Doug Eng. His art and advocacy highlights the need to preserve our endangered wetlands and forests in Northeast Florida.


Art & Conversations: Lit Chat with Leslie Kemp Poole - Online, September 30, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Register HERE.

  • Historian and author Leslie Kemp Poole will discuss her research on Florida women's roles in the state's environmental movement, the topic of her book Saving Florida.


Saving Florida: Women's Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century by Leslie Kemp Poole highlights the significant role of women in shaping Florida's environmental movement.

The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald is the stunning story of the destruction and possible resurrection of the Everglades, the saga of man's abuse of nature in southern Florida and his unprecedented efforts to make amends.

Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future by Steven Noll and David Tegeder reveals much about the clashing visions of progress, economic growth, political power, and environmental preservation in the fragile ecosystem of Florida.


Ken Burns: The National Parks on Kanopy 

This 12-hour, six-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan tells the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

The American Experience: The Swamp on Kanopy 

The Swamp explores the repeated efforts to reclaim, control and transform what was seen as a vast wasteland into an agricultural and urban paradise, and, ultimately, the drive to preserve America's greatest wetland.

*Kanopy is a film streaming service available for free through the Jacksonville Public Library.


Structure of Nature | Nature of Structure by Doug Eng at MOCA Jacksonville

  • This retrospective of the work of Jacksonville artist Doug Eng, highlights the need to preserve our endangered wetlands and forests in Northeast Florida, drawing parallels with our search for a common identity as human beings. The exhibition closes January 2, 2022

Perks for library card-holders at MOCA include:

  • Free access to MOCA's galleries during the Art & Conversations Series on the final Friday of each month with your library card.
  • $10 off MOCA's family-level membership with your library card.

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