Mertz Library Humanities

Humanities Institute

The Humanities Institute, supported by The Mellon Foundation, promotes innovative thinking at the intersection of science and the humanities, particularly in the vital and growing field of Food Humanities. A division of Education, the Institute strengthens The New York Botanical Garden’s academic role among universities and research centers worldwide. It engages a lively community of fellows and visiting scholars who study NYBG’s historical collections in the Mertz Library, the Archives, and William and Lynda Steere Herbarium to further their interdisciplinary research projects. Lecture series, workshops, and symposia span issues in foodways, Food Studies, and justice, with special programs focused on the Bronx. While the borough is disproportionately impacted by food insecurity, it’s also home to vibrant, multi-cultural food traditions, stories and community gardens that all come together in the Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project – a partnership with NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up, and leading community gardens and urban farms.

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Contact Us
Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, Ph.D. Director
The Humanities Institute
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, New York, 10458-5126

Support for the Humanities Institute is provided by the Mellon Foundation