Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
We are excited to welcome UK-based author, Andrea Wulf, to Fernwood, fresh from her lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In this beautifully illustrated talk, award winning and bestselling author, Andrea Wulf, tells the story of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the great scientist and intrepid explorer who has more things named after him than anyone else. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether exploring deep into the rainforest or climbing the world's highest volcanoes. 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 and Bolivar. Humboldt explained nature as a complex web of life and interconnected global force – a concept that still shapes our thinking today. He described earth as a living organism that could easily be destroyed by humankind and predicted harmful human–induced climate change already in 1800. Today this forgotten father of environmentalism is more relevant than ever before. For more information, visit www.andreawulf.com.
Sponsored by the Fernwood Board of Directors, Joanne and Mac Sims, and the Deer Creek Open Space Association (DCOSA).
Haven’t had a chance to read The Invention of Nature or want a refresher prior to Andrea Wulf’s talk? Join Fernwood’s Book Club who are reading The Invention of Nature in March and will be discussing the book at the garden on March 21.
Lecture $40 (Members $32)
Students free (Registration required and please bring student ID)
Books will be available for purchase.
Seating is limited. Register by March 15.
Meet the Author
An opportunity to meet the author is available exclusively for Plym-level members and above. Join Andrea Wulf and Fernwood friends for a reception from 4:30–6:30pm at Alan Robandt Antique, Vintage, & Modern in downtown Buchanan. Reservations required. Call Laurie at 269.695.6491, Ext. 213.