Humboldt Through Our Eyes: Discussion with comments by Professor Harry Liebersohn

Wed. Mar. 20, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Alexander von Humboldt has been venerated as the greatest scientist in the nineteenth century and is still revered as the “discoverer” of Latin America. The 250th anniversary of his birth in 1769 is being celebrated all over the world. The German Society of Pennsylvania, founded five years earlier, is proud to join the celebrations in 2019.
In an effort to familiarize the members with this great explorer and naturalist whose star has been shining bright everywhere except in the Anglo-Saxon world, we invite you to a special event under the title of “Humboldt Through Our Eyes.” At this round table presentation, members of the Society will give short reports about major topics and works that are on the shelves of our Horner Library - which is also graced by a plaster bust of the man himself (see accompanying picture) as part of the original interior from 1888. After a break, Professor Harry Liebersohn, a specialist on Humboldt and other world famous travelers, will summarize the discussion and present a concluding view of the “last universal man,” as Humboldt has been called.
Since Humboldt also visited Philadelphia in 1804, on his way back from Latin America, and became friends with Thomas Jefferson, the reports will include his local connections besides topics of his eminence within the German classical period and his friendship with Goethe.
The event will include light refreshments during the break. Please email or call 215-627-2332 by March 15 to let us know that you’re coming, so that we can plan for the right amount of food and drink!
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