VT Humanities Council

Fall Conference 2020: Democracy 20/20

Join us online, and then in person, at our 47th annual Fall Conference as we take a clear-eyed look at the theory and practice of democracy. We’ll pay special attention to the current state of civic engagement in the United States. How can we work to bring people together when we are so divided? Learn more about Democracy 20/20.

*DIGITAL* Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

October 14
7:00 pm

Vermont Humanities Digital Channels

Renowned Prussian naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century. He visited the United States in 1804 and met with our leading thinkers. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the author of Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture, illuminates Humboldt’s lasting impression on American visual arts, sciences, literature, and politics.

About Eleanor Jones Harvey

Eleanor Jones Harvey is senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She served as the museum’s Chief Curator from 2003-2012, overseeing its curatorial and conservation staffs and its acquisitions and collections programs. Her current project, “American Cosmos,’ focuses on the impact the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt had on American art, literature, science, politics, and exploration.

To access past sessions, visit the Vermont Humanities website.

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