Andrea will be speaking at the next American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston, April 5-9, 2017. Here are the details:
The 2017 Geographical Review AGS Lecture by Andrea Wulf
Friday, 4/7/2017, from 3:20 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 304, Hynes, Third Level
This inaugural lecture will feature a talk by Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature. The Invention of Nature tells the story of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the great thinker and intrepid explorer who has more things named after him than anyone else - from the Humboldt current to towns, rivers, mountain ranges and a penguin. Though almost forgotten today, Humboldt was the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether exploring deep into the rainforest or climbing the world's highest volcanoes. He saw nature as a web of life and amazingly predicted harmful human-induced climate change already in 1800. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin and Goethe but also politicians such as Jefferson. It was Humboldt's influence that led John Muir to his ideas of preservation and that shaped Thoreau's 'Walden'. Wulf traces Humboldt's influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature. 'The Invention of Nature' brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.
Sponsorship(s): Wiley Publishing, Society of Woman Geographers, American Association of Geographers, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Landscape Specialty Group, History of Geography Specialty Group