Redlands Forum- Victoria Johnson

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An American Eden at the Heart of New York City: Using Historical Maps and Game Engine Software to Visualize the Past

Join author Dr. Victoria Johnson for an inspiring journey into the extraordinary life of Dr. David Hosack

at the next Redlands Forum, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

In this lively and engaging talk, Johnson will introduce you to a true pioneer of pharmacology, as you enjoy a virtual tour of her book, American Eden—David Hosack, Botany, and the Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic.

In the middle of Manhattan lies one of the most iconic urban spaces in the world: Rockefeller Center. That space has a forgotten environmental past. In 1801, on twenty acres of farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the young nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander von Humboldt. When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: their friend, Dr. David Hosack.

Hosack used his pioneering research garden to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists—and to conduct some of the first pharmacological research in the United States.

Johnson will also discuss her current virtual reality (VR) project, recapturing what that Manhattan looked like two centuries ago. Her partner on this VR project is the landscape visualization specialist Markley Boyer, who combines old maps and historical documents with game engine software to bring the past to life. Boyer created the stunning images for the 2005 book Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City, by Dr. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Victoria Johnson is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale in 1991 and her PhD in sociology from Columbia in 2002.

American Eden was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in non-fiction, a finalist for the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in biography, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. American Eden also won a 2018 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies and a 2018 New York City Book Award.

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