Mattias at Chautauqua Institution

Mattias took the stage on August 22, 2008, at the venerable Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, where legends such as Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, and E.O. Wilson have also lectured. More than 4,500 people were in attendance for the final lecture of the 2008 season, as Klum echoed the theme of the week, "Darwin & Linnaeus: Their impact on our view of the natural world" with his signature presentation "In the Footsteps of Darwin and Linnaeus," chronicling his recent work producing a documentary film celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swedish Botanist, Linnaeus, and tracing the expedition route Darwin took in the Beagle, as he explored the world and formulated his Theory of Evolution. With thoughtful words, powerful images and a strong call to action Klum compelled the crowd to honor our natural history legacy and to step forward and participate in the stewardship of our planet for generations to come. - National Geographic Society