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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.

New Studies in Food Humanities - The Mellon Fellows Presentations

Food Dialogues: The Food of Poetry

The Bond of Live Things Everywhere Symposium

Urban Foraging: Food, Sustainability, and Survival

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