This past November, Provost Professor Christoph Irmscher addressed a packed room at the Newberry Library, as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Christoph’s presentation on Louis Agassiz, the great and flawed Swiss-American scientist of the 19th-Century, is now online.
CIPS Board Members Jeffrey Wolin and Andrew Lumsdaine were interviewed on WFIU about their collaboration for the “Imag(in)ing Science” currently up at the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University. Read more here.
WFHB speaks with biographer Christoph Irmscher about the legacy of Louis Agassiz, one of the most influential men in the development of the practice of science in America. This extended cut includes more biographical details as well as a deeper look at Agassiz’s involvement in the so-called Emancipation Commission as epistolary adviser to one its appointed leaders, Samuel Gridley Howe, revealing that, as Irmscher puts it, you can be an abolitionist and still be racist.
Louis Agassiz, a co-discoverer of the Ice Age, is often portrayed as a racist proponent of miscegenation and a failure as a theorist of human development—as the scientist who refused to see species in the light of Darwinian evolution on religious grounds. But as our guest the biographer Christoph Irmscher shows, Louis Agassiz was one of the most influential men in the development of American Science.
CIPS Fellow Osamu James Nakagawa’s work will be featured in the exhibition “After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show is open until May 27, 2013.
More information on the Met show can be found here.