The purpose of the Institute is to form an intellectual community of students, visiting scholars, and graduate fellows, whose research involve innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to areas of landscape and garden design, urbanism, ecology, art, architecture, and cultural history, and other subjects that form part of the environmental humanities. Scholars and fellows will be given complete access to the collections of the Mertz Library and William and Lynda Steere Herbarium. The goal is to create a public forum, stimulate discourse and promote new thinking about our rapidly changing society and its relationship with nature and the environment.

Starting in 2015, the Institute will sponsor year-long Mellon fellowships for emerging pre- and post-doctoral researchers from around the world interested in a broad range of disciplines. The program will facilitate the completion of dissertation research that will make a significant and original contribution to cross-disciplinary studies in the humanities. A Visiting Scholars program will make available several short-term residencies for established scholars seeking to advance their research in these new directions.

For more information please contact:

Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, Humanities Research Coordinator
The Humanities Institute
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, New York, 10458-5126