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Andrea Wulf, Author of 'The Invention of Nature' to Speak Nov. 7

October 28, 2016

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Andrea Wulf, author of the New York Times bestseller The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

The Invention of Nature is the biography of Alexander von Humboldt, a German explorer, naturalist and foreign member of the Royal Society. His life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He discovered similarities between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change.

The book has received numerous awards, including the 2016 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. The Invention of Nature was a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and a winner of the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. It was also named one of the 10 Best Books of 2015 by the New York Times.

In addition to writing The Invention of Nature, Wulf is the author of The Brother Gardeners and the co-author of This Other Eden. Her book Founding Gardeners was published in the spring of 2011 and Chasing Venus was published in 2012. She has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.

Wulf has presented lectures at the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Society in London and the New York Public Library in the United States. She has spoken to audiences in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands and to 15,000 people at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Wulf is a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the 2013 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence. She is a member of PEN American Center, an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, a member of The Society of Woman Geographers and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Sponsored by the Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peacebuilding, the program is free and open to the public.

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