Museum of Science and Industry

David Grann: The Lost City of Z

March 14, 2009 |

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Lecture Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This lecture is suitable for Grades 9-12, Adults.
  • Date:
  • March 14, 2009
  • Time:
  • 1:00 PM
  • Tickets:
  • This event requires a ticket for entry.
  • Cost:
  • Member adult: $5
    Member child: $3
    PhD Members: FREE (limited to the Admit Number on your membership card)
    Non-member adult: $10 (general admission not included)
    Non-member child: $6 (general admission not included)
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Inventive Genius Lecture Series: David Grann

Author of "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon"

In his first book, author David Grann explores the sensational 1925 disappearance of one of the most famous explorers in the world, Colonel Percy Fawcett, and the mysterious ancient civilization that he was looking for in the Amazon. Shifting seamlessly between the past and the present, Grann blends science, history, and his own journey into the heart of the Amazon to create a harrowing and unforgettable adventure narrative—one that involves spies, poisonous arrows, kidnappings, starvation, murder, and cannibalism.

Delving into archeology and the natural world of the jungle, the book sheds light on whether The Lost City of Z really existed—a discovery that would transform our understanding of what the Americas looked like before Columbus and, as one newspaper noted, "write a new chapter in human history."

Please join us as the author of this thrilling saga shares his experiences in researching and writing this book, described by best-selling author of "Devil in the White City," Erik Larson, as a "deeply satisfying revelation."

This series was created to educate Museum of Science and Industry members about science, technology, and the history of the Museum.

Lecture will be held in the Auditorium on the Main Level, adjacent to the Group Entrance.

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