The purpose of the Humanities Institute is to create a public forum, stimulate discourse, and promote new, interdisciplinary thinking about our rapidly changing society, and its relationship with the natural environment, past, present and future. Through fellowships, academic events, and public programs, the Institute creates a lively research center that strengthens the academic role of The New York Botanical Garden. An intellectual community of students, visiting scholars, and fellows are invited to study areas within the environmental humanities in innovative ways, using the unique collections of the Mertz Library, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Garden’s Living Collections.

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