Each summer the Humanities Institute, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, welcomes Junior Mellon Fellows and students from surrounding universities to conduct their own research at the New York Botanical Garden. They are invited to discover the resources held at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, its Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium and the Garden’s Living Collections. As they prepare to leave after their summer of research, they are asked to present their findings to colleagues, NYBG staff, their institutional advisors and professors, as well as an interested public audience.
Secrets Revealed: Medical Incunabula and the Late Medieval Scientific Imagination
Currently a NYBG-CUNY Graduate Research Fellow, Emily is a doctoral student in English literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a medievalist whose research focuses on disability studies, material culture, and affect and representation in medieval medicine.
Abigail Lapin Dardashti
Transnational Belonging: Plants, Trees, and the Rhizome in Modern Afro-Brazilian Art, 1966-88
Currently a NYBG-CUNY Graduate Research Fellow, Abigail is a Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she specializes in postwar Latin American, Latinx, and African diasporic art.
A Name Undone from Within: Finding Nature in the Thain Family Forest
Currently a Junior Mellon Fellow, Peter is a senior at Cornell University, set to graduate next May with a B.A. in English Literature and minors in Plant Sciences, Viticulture & Enology, and Comparative Literature.
Support for the Humanities Institute provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation