University of South Carolina

English scholar wins award

Dr. Laura Dassow Walls, a professor of English at the University of South Carolina, has been honored by the Organization of American Historians for her study on Alexander von Humbolt and his influence on American culture.

Walls earned the OAH’s Merle Curti award for her book, “The Passage of Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America,” which was released last year by the University of Chicago Press. Deemed by the OAH as “the best book in intellectual history,” Walls’ book bridges the world of science and the humanities and details the pioneer environmentalist whose sympathies crossed nations, races and cultures and whose friendships included Thomas Jefferson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Simon Boliver, Moses Mendelssohn and John C. Fremont.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 02/23/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/25/10 @ 10:49 AM | Permalink