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Alexander Von Humboldt:
The History, Science, and Poetry of Ecology
May 20, 2016
Ross Hall; 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Andrea Wulf, author of one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books for 2015, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, kicks off our symposium celebrating the visionary naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859). Among other accomplishments, Humboldt was the first to predict human-induced climate change, and wrote narratives that influenced great minds from Goethe to Darwin. Celebrated poet Susan Stewart and distinguished ecologist Stephen Kellert join Wulf to explore the rich and wide impacts of Humboldt's life and work.