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      Book Talk: Victoria Johnson, American Eden in Miami Beach

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      January 17, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      2000 Convention Center Drive
      Miami Beach, Florida 33139

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      Book Talk: Victoria Johnson, American Eden

      This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden,which both the Wall Street Journaland Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating.” When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both men, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Sir Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt. Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and to conduct some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States. Today, his former garden is the site of Rockefeller Center.  Victoria Johnson is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she teaches on nonprofits, arts management, and the history of New York City. She earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale in 1991 and a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia in 2002. Her first book, a study of the Paris Opera under the Old Regime, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008. Before joining Hunter College in 2015, she taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for thirteen years. Her latest book, American Eden(published by Liveright Publishing, a division of W. W. Norton), was named a Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction. If you would like to pre-purchase book, please go to

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