A lecturer speaking to an audience at Ross Hall

Humanities Institute Colloquia & Symposia

NYBG is a venue for discussions by historians, authors, and other accomplished thinkers at the intersection of the plant world and the humanities. Here, see recordings of past events at the Garden.

Symposium: A Seat at the Table

The Food Dialogues: Matthew Raiford in Conversation with Jessica B. Harris

Afro-Indigenous Histories of Food and Gardening in the Bronx

New Visions of Botanical History—
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellows Presentations

Afro-Indigenous Histories of Food & Gardening: Garifuna Plant Knowledge

Cassandra Quave: The Plant Hunter

Plant-Based Foods & the City: From Seed to Take-Out

Rooted in Culture and Nature: Jamaican Root Tonics in New York City

The Food Dialogues: A Conversation with Von Diaz and Maricel Presilla

The Food Dialogues: A Conversation with Michael Twitty and JJ Johnson

The Food Dialogues: A Conversation with Carla Hall and Tonya Hopkins

Earth Day Documentary Premiere: Plants & People of Vanuatu

Celebrating Daffodils

Humanistic Uses of Herbaria

Botany, Race & Power: The History of Expeditions to Cuba

Rashad Bell & Nuala Caomhánach
Black Botany: The Nature of Black Experience

Lucian Freud's Paintings of Plants: From Symbolism to Truth

First Nations: Ethical Landscapes, Sacred Plants

Carolyn Finney: Black Faces, White Spaces: Christian Cooper, John Muir & (Re)claiming a Green World

Alley Creek Wetlands: A Floristic Quality Assessment

Beyond Barriers: Accessing Nature for People with Disabilities

Queering Botanical Science: A Discussion in Celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Implementing a Citywide Management Framework for New York City’s Wild Forests

Earth Day @ 50: Tools for 21st-Century Ecology

Botanies of Desire: Fragrance, Healing, and Sexual Attraction in the Amazon

Andrew W. Mellon Fellows Presentation

People, Plants, & Languages

Roberto Burle Marx: Innovation and Activism

Roberto Burle Marx—A Total Work of Art

2019 Research Fellows Presentations II

2019 Research Fellows Presentations I

Polynomials, Pictures, and Slaves

Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads