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The CER Lunchtime Lectures 2022

  • Free and Open to the Public
  • Masks required at all locations

The 2022 CER Lunchtime Lectures will focus on Alexander von Humboldt – his life, legacy, and rediscovery. We will begin by examining our Western ideas of nature and the study of nature which laid the foundations for Humboldt’s ideas. From there, we will trace the influence of Humboldt on 19th century science, literature, and his disappearance from 20th century scientific education in the United States. The year will end by seeing how Humboldt’s legacy is reemerging in the 21st century within environmentalism, environmental science, and the idea of the Anthropocene. Join us for a year of “Humboldtian Science” and Alexander von Humboldt.

  • What : The Romance of Nature: Science, Imagination, and the Poets of Nature
  • June 14
    • Noon - 1 p.m.
    • AW Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend
    • 2210 South FM 973
  • Other Info: Free, Open to the public; Masks required

Presented by Dr. Kevin M. Anderson, Austin Water Center for Environmental Research.

Subject: Alexander von Humboldt: Culture, Science, and the Geography of Nature


The CER Lunchtime Lectures 2022

Western Culture and the Study of Nature

In 1798, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was appointed by the King of Spain to make the first extensive scientific exploration of Spanish America. Humboldt announced, “I shall collect plants and fossils and make astronomic observations. But that’s not the main purpose of my expedition – I shall try to find out how the forces of nature interact upon one another and how the geographic environment influences plant and animal life. In other words, I must find out about the unity of nature.”

June – The Romance of Nature: Science, Imagination, and the Poets of Nature 

  • June 7
    • 12:30 - 2 p.m.
    • University of Texas, Norman Hackerman Building
    • 100 E 24th St Room 1.720
  • June 9
    • Noon - 1 p.m.
    • PARD Senior Activity Center-Lamar
    • 2874 Shoal Crest Ave, South Room 
  • June 14
    • Noon - 1 p.m.
    • AW Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend
    • 2210 South FM 973 

July – The Invention of Modern Nature: The Earth as a “Natural Whole” 

  • July 5
    • 12:30 - 2 p.m.
    • University of Texas, Norman Hackerman Building
    • 100 E 24th St Room 1.720 
  • July 12
    • Noon - 1 p.m.
    • AW Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend
    • 2210 South FM973 
  • July 14
    • Noon - 1 p.m.
    • PARD Senior Activity Center-Lamar
    • 2874 Shoal Crest Ave, South Room 

View the full 2022 PDF Lunchtime Lectures Schedule on the Center for Environmental Research web page.

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About the Program

Austin Water – The University of Texas – Texas A&M University

A Partnership for Urban Ecology and Sustainability: Community, Education, Research

Located at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant

2210 South FM 973, Austin, Texas 78725

AW Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend
2210 South FM 973
Austin, TX 78725
United States

Kevin Anderson