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A book cover and a headshot of Andrea Wulf

Join Us to Explore Wulf's New Graphic Novel

April 19; 10:30 a.m.

Author Andrea Wulf returns to the Garden with artist Lillian Melcher to introduce The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, a brilliantly evocative graphic novel the two women developed together. Focusing on Humboldt’s five-year expedition in South America, Wulf and Melcher incorporate pages of his own diaries, sketches, drawings, and maps to create an intimate portrait of the radical ecologist who predicted human-induced climate change and fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation.

Driven by his conviction that the world was a single, interconnected organism, Humboldt was the first to note similarities among climate zones across the world. His work turned scientific observation into poetic narrative that influenced great minds from Goethe to Darwin and Thoreau.

A unique viewing of Humboldt's original publications and herbarium specimens will be available immediately after the talk in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, 6th floor Library Building.

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