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.
Landscapes of the ‘Anthropocene’: Reading New York City’s Pasts, Presents, Futures
Currently a Junior Mellon Fellow, Benjamin is a senior at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University crafting an interdisciplinary concentration in critical geography and the environmental humanities.
“The Old Garden-Magic:” Edith Wharton’s Influences and Inspirations
Currently a NYBG-CUNY Graduate Research Fellow, Beth is a Ph.D. candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She has an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English from Queens College, where she teaches in the English department.