Literature Program

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

UB Humanities Institute and Hallwalls present

Andreas W. Daum

Scholars@Hallwalls - "Do Biographies Matter? Exploring Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)"

Select Fridays between September 2013 and May 2014, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center becomes an intellectual salon. Scholars at Hallwalls features eight thought-provoking, award-winning lectures in the humanities, presented in the intellectual and inspiring setting of Hallwalls by the UB Humanities Institute.

Faculty Fellows will present their cutting-edge humanities research in terms accessible to those in other disciplines and outside academia. The events will continue to be social occasions as well, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

This talk will discuss the biographical genre, often dismissed in today's humanities. Can it help us understand those processes that contributed to constituting a more modern—and more global—world two hundred years ago?

Andreas W. Daum is a professor of history at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interest reach from the eighteenth to the late twentieth century. Daum focuses on transatlantic relations in this era, the history of knowledge and popular science, and the Cold War. He is currently working on a biographical study on Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859). Andreas Daum is the author of Kennedy in Berlin (German 2003; English, with Cambridge University Press, 2008), a micro-history of the Cold War with an emphasis on the role of emotions as well as a monograph on popular science in the nineteenth century (1998, 2nd edition 2002). He has co-edited, with Cambridge University Press, a volume on the Vietnam War in international and comparative perspectives as well as a volume on Berlin and Washington, DC as capital cities in a comparative perspective.