Booklist, Starred review
"An eye-opening collection."
"A marvelous work."
"Rich enough to repay multiple readings.Ē
"Longfellow lives again."
Times Literary Supplement
Winner of the Literature and Language Award, AAP
Winner of the 2009 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Award, American Library Association
A Darwin Bicentennial Exhibit, with many illustrations from the Darwin holdings of the Lilly Library.
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 http://www.audubonthefilm.com/.
"Why Darwin Matters," November 15, 2014
Audubon's Modernity, February 6, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.