American Eden: In Conversation with Author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dr. Victoria Johnson

American Eden: In Conversation with Author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dr. Victoria Johnson


Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
/

No events are scheduled at this time. Want to be notified when it’s back? Leave your email address and we’ll notify you.
Want to book this event privately? Send us an inquiry.
Something went wrong while submitting your request, please try again later.
Your request has been sent, you'll be notified of future dates.

This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her latest book, American Eden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called "captivating." American Eden was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2018.

When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both men, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Sir Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt. In an age of rampant epidemics and dangerous treatments, Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and to conduct some of the first pharmacological research in the United States. In this talk, Victoria Johnson takes us back to old New York, when the nation's founders strolled the city sidewalks and most of Manhattan was a green island.

More information about the book is at americaneden.org.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
55%
(6)
36%
(4)
9%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
M
M.

What a diverse, fascinating, and deeply curious range of topics that you have on offer, and you've found a wide range of scholars who are passionate about their field of study.

N
N.

You have outdone yourselves with these conversations - the variety, the quality and the thought that has gone into all of the conversations I have attended has been excellent. I hope these continue even after we can travel in person again! In the meantime I am your loyal servant!

J
J.

With the exception of this program, the rest have been excellent.

C
C.

I have really enjoyed the Context seminars (with a couple of exceptions, but that is to be expected when you listen to so many!) I have suggested them to many people.

J
J.

Context continues to take us to fabulous places and open our minds to new knowledge -- it is a gift in these challenging times, thank you!

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
55%
(6)
36%
(4)
9%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
M
M.

What a diverse, fascinating, and deeply curious range of topics that you have on offer, and you've found a wide range of scholars who are passionate about their field of study.

N
N.

You have outdone yourselves with these conversations - the variety, the quality and the thought that has gone into all of the conversations I have attended has been excellent. I hope these continue even after we can travel in person again! In the meantime I am your loyal servant!

J
J.

With the exception of this program, the rest have been excellent.

C
C.

I have really enjoyed the Context seminars (with a couple of exceptions, but that is to be expected when you listen to so many!) I have suggested them to many people.

J
J.

Context continues to take us to fabulous places and open our minds to new knowledge -- it is a gift in these challenging times, thank you!