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The Hudson Since Henry: A Natural and Unnatural History

Thursday, June 11, 2009
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival by exploring the eponymous river’s history from its pristine days, through its decline during the industrial revolution, to its heartening rebirth as an environmental success story. The program will include a special presentation by Eric Sanderson of his remarkable Mannahatta Project, a 3D computer recreation of 1609 New Amsterdam, and dramatic readings by acclaimed storyteller and poet David Gonzalez. Join New York Times environmental reporter Andrew Revkin in a lively conversation with Riverkeeper President Alex Matthiessen and noted experts on American art history and the Hudson’s rich aquatic life.


Andrew RevkinEnvironmental Journalist, Author

Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced journalists and authors focused on environmental and human sustainability. He recently joined the staff of the National Geographic Society as strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism.

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Alex MatthiessenPresident of Riverkeeper

Alex Matthiessen is the President of Riverkeeper. By forging partnerships with leading academic and research institutions, he has strengthened and expanded Riverkeeper’s environmental enforcement efforts and advanced scientific understanding of the Hudson River.

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David GonzalezPlaywright, Poet, Actor

Playwright, storyteller, musician, poet, and actor, David Gonzalez was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for his original production The Frog Bride at Broadway’s New Victory Theater.

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Elizabeth HutchinsonArt Historian

Elizabeth Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University. She is the author of The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915.

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Eric SandersonLandscape Ecologist

By examining historical maps and archeological records in combination with geographic computer modeling and scientific sleuthing, Eric Sanderson has reimagined the old growth forests, wetlands and meadows that Henry Hudson saw when he first arrived on the shores of Manhattan in 1609.

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John WaldmanBiologist

John Waldman is professor of biology at Queens College, City University of New York. Prior to this appointment in 2004, he was employed for 20 years by the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research.

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