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John Dwyer Public Lecture in Biology

Friday, 03 May, 2019

Victoria Johnson, Ph.D., of Hunter College of the City University of New York, will deliver this year’s John Dwyer Public Lecture in Biology at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s auditorium.

The annual lecture is sponsored by the SLU Department of Biology.

Johnson’s lecture will be “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Early American Republic,” and a book-signing will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the same location.

Lecture Abstract: If you liked the Hamilton musical, you will be most interested in her story about the official doctor at the duel of Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. David Hosack established our nation's first public botanical garden, including plants from South America, Asia and Australia, in the early 1800s.  He trained a new generation of American physicians and naturalists while conducting his own research in plant-based pharmacology.