Film, Video Mourning, Celebrating, Revisiting: Alexander von Humboldt in the United States, 1859-2009

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Title
Mourning, Celebrating, Revisiting: Alexander von Humboldt in the United States, 1859-2009
Summary
Alexander von Humboldt achieved cultural hero status in the United States in the second half of the 19th century. His travels, experiments and knowledge transformed Western science. A lecture at the Library of Congress examined the influence and legacy of the German naturalist and explorer. Andreas Daum presented "Mourning, Celebrating, Revisiting: Alexander von Humboldt in the United States, 1859-2009." Between 1799 and 1804, von Humboldt explored Latin America and wrote about his scientific observations. Later, in 1845, he wrote the five-volume "Kosmos," which attempted to unify the various branches of scientific knowledge. An extraordinary researcher, von Humboldt's goal was "to examine the interweaving and interacting of all forces of nature." Von Humboldt also was an early advocate of human rights and a pioneer in the field of ecology.
Event Date
May 06, 2009
Notes
-  Andreas Daum is a professor in the Department of History at University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. The lecture is part of a week-long series of events in Washington, D.C., from May 2 to May 7, titled "Alexander von Humboldt - Remapping Global Perspectives."
Related Resources
John W. Kluge Center: https://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/
Running Time
1 hours 20 minutes
Language
English
Online Format
video
Original Format
film, video

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