Winter Lecture Series: John James Audubon: Separating Man from Myth
The legendary ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851) began his studies of American birds as a teenager, on the banks of the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia. Few figures in American history have weathered as intense a scrutiny of their written work as Audubon. Nearly every scrap of his writing has been transcribed and debated in numerous biographies and articles spanning more than a century, each revisiting the same primary sources in search of a new angle, because no new material has surfaced in decades. Our speaker, Matthew Halley, recently discovered and transcribed several novel primary sources that provide a surprisingly fresh and intimate window into Audubon’s character and story, and fill critical gaps in our understanding of the genesis of his masterpiece, The Birds of America.
Matthew R. Halley is a Ph.D. candidate and historian at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, where he studies evolutionary biology and systematics of American birds. Halley, who has conducted field research in eight countries, is the editor of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club’s journal, Cassinia.
Walk-ins welcome as space allows.
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