"When Modern Men
Became Feminists,"
NYU Center for the Humanities, New York, November 7, 2017

A panel discussion of the men's engagement with women's rights from the early 20th century on, with New York Times columnist Gail Collins and biographers Christoph Irmscher and Brooke Kroeger. Register here for the event.

Christoph Irmscher in New Audubon Film:
Listen to His Interview on WFHB!

Click on the image to listen to a conversation with Doug Storm broadcast on WFHB's Interchange on December 6, 2015, with Christoph and two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Al Reinert about Reinert's new documentary Audubon. John James Audubon was ďan archetypal American who astonishingly combined in equal measure the virtues of George Washington, Daniel Boone and Benjamin Franklin.Ē (Lewis Mumford). Reinertís documentary unfurls Audubon's life experiences in such an artful portrayal that you will feel as though you are with him on his adventure across America pursuing his dream of painting life-size images of all the birds species of America. Christoph is featured extensively throughout the film. For more information on the film, go to

"Why Darwin Matters," November 15, 2014

On November 15, I will be speaking about Darwin and Agassiz at the Dorothy Schwartz Forum hosted by the Maine Humanities Council in Portland, Maine. Click on the image on the left to access a podcast of my lecture.

Audubon's Modernity, February 6, 2014

On Thursday, February 6, 2014, 4 p.m., I will be speaking about "Audubon's Modernity" at the Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Click on the image to the left for more information about the exhibit. The talk will be followed by a gallery conversation with Dan Philippon on "Audubon as Author."

Louis Agassiz at Woods Hole, March 7, 2014

On March 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m., I will be speaking in the Lillie Auditorium of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole on "Revisiting Louis Agassiz." Click on the illustration--taken from Louis Agassiz's Contributions to the Natural History of the United States of America--to find out more about the event.

Reading at the Maine Historical Society, November 7, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science
Speaker: Christoph Irmscher

Indiana University-Bloomington Professor of English Christoph Irmscher, author of two books on Longfellow (Longfellow Redux and Public Poet, Private Man), returns to MHS to deliver a talk on his most recent book, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science. A Longfellow contemporary, Agassiz bridged the gap between specialist and amateur in 19th century America, changing ordinary peopleís relationship with science forever. But he also had a dark sideóracist impulses that led Americans to look to men of science to mediate race policy.

November 6, 2013:
Appearance with Matthew Pearl

The Cambridge Roundtable on Science & Religion hosts an evening of dinner and discussion at the Harvard Faculty Club, Wednesday November 6th, 6:00 PM, featuring New York Times Bestselling Author and 2013 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction winner Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Technologists, and Editorís Choice of The New York Times Book Review in February, Christoph Irmscher, University of Indiana-Bloomington, Professor of English and author of Louis Agassiz, Creator of American Science contributing to the Roundtable's series on Science and Scientism, part II. For a link of a video capturing the closing moment of the Roundtable with Pearl and myself, click on the image on the left.

November 5, 2013:
Louis Agassiz at Connecticut College

On November 5, I will be speaking about my experience of writing about Agassiz's life as part of the Lambert Environmental Lecture Series at the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment at Connecticut College.

Louis Agassiz at the Chicago Humanities Festival, November 3

Check out the program for this year's Chicago Humanities Festival. An incredible line-up, including such luminaries as Edward Albee, Junot Diaz, Anne Carson, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), etc. etc. And I am part of it all! Click on the link on the left.

Lecture and Mini-Seminar at Syracuse University, September 5 and 6

On September 4 and 5 I will be visiting Syracuse University, NY as part of their "Critical Connections" series, hosted by Special Collections. I will be giving a public lecture and mini-seminar on the topic of scientific biography. For a live recording of the lecture, click on the image.

Conversation about Rachel Carson (Radio Show)

In June 2013, I sat down with radio host Doug Storm of WFHB and religious studies professor Lisa Sideris to discuss the lyrical and ethical heart of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring . We also talked about the ecological and moral effects of the continued daily use of chemical pesticides. For a recording of our conversation click on Carson's portrait on the left.

Cambridge Forum, February 5

On February 5, the official publication date of Louis Agassiz, I will be speaking about my new book in the First Parish Church in Cambridge, MA, the same church where Emerson once delivered his "American Scholar." The event begins at 7 p.m. It is followed by a book-signing courtesy of the Harvard Book Store.