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Alexander von Humboldt: Explorer, Visionary Scientist, Humanist
November 3 to November 17

Alexander von Humboldt: Explorer, Visionary Scientist, Humanist


With Molly Cate, Humanitarian Educator

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was driven by wonder and a thirst to understand the natural world. Learn about the man who used his personal wealth to explore Latin America and Russia, who measured gravity and atmospheric conditions, studied volcanic activity, collected and drew plant and insect species at different altitudes, while taking copious notes.

His keen eye and great heart (he abhorred slavery) noted many instances of man’s inhumanity to man.

Back home in Prussia, he wrote some 50,000 letters and more than 20 books on natural history and some political history too, influencing Charles Darwin, Thoreau and John Muir.

Humboldt’s culminating work, the book Cosmos, became an international sensation. His vision of all life as part of a unity prefigured our modern ecological movement.

Wed., Nov. 3-17 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


$50 • Class #: 43869

Video will be available for this class.

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Molly Cate

Rev. Molly Cate

Rev. Molly Cate is a humanitarian educator passionate about history, science, and bridging the barriers between people holding clashing belief systems. She is the spiritual leader and often soloist for Unity of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. She has a master’s degree in consciousness studies from Holmes Institute in Santa Rosa, one in sociology from the University of California, Davis, and several certificates in cross-cultural competence.