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American historian to speak at refuge lecture, lunch

By Staff | Feb 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Douglas Brinkley will speak at a special “Ding” Darling benefit on March 15.

Renowned American historian Douglas Brinkley has honored the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge with an offer to speak during his upcoming visit to Sanibel. The DDWS will host a lecture and lunch with Brinkley on March 15 at noon at the clubhouse at The Sanctuary Golf Club.

Brinkley will speak about his latest book, “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race” and will touch upon his work-in-progress, “Silent Spring Revolution.” The latter book brings to light environmental heroes of the early 1960s, including Rachel Carson, President Kennedy and Stewart Udall.

Only 100 tickets for the lunch event are available at $75 each. Ticket sales will benefit conservation efforts at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. For tickets, contact DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

Brinkley is the prolific best-selling author of a number of presidential biographies and other historical books and the winner of awards such as the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Grammy Award.

A professor of history at Rice University, Brinkley serves as the CNN Presidential Historian and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He is a member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress and the Council on Foreign Relations.