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The New York Botanical Garden’s Humanities Institute, a division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, formalizes the garden’s academic role among surrounding universities, museums, and libraries and makes the garden’s resources extensively available to scholars in a wide range of interests, from the history of science and the arts to emerging fields of environmental inquiry.
The Humanities Institute strives to enhance broad dialogues with a wide audience, using its web landing page for virtual discourse. Blog posts and film screenings highlight various activities and events, including proceedings of the 2014 Symposium “The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities” and 2015 Earth Day screening of the documentary Jens Jensen The Living Green.
As part of its academic outreach programs, the Humanities Institute offers book-viewings and seminars, thus raising awareness and expanded use of the Mertz Library’s historical rare book collections. University classes, visiting scholars, and garden societies enjoy the library’s unique collections. Book viewings are given to enrich garden-wide lecture series and science summits.
One of the Humanities Institute's goals is to host symposia that foster greater understanding of the importance of nature, plants, and landscape, past and present.
Spirited roundtable conversations engage scholars from different interdisciplinary backgrounds in dialogues about the cultural-artistic and scientific challenges of our current age with regard to the environmental humanities.
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The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities
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Category:Symposia & Lectures
This symposium explored the concept of novel ecosystems that are the result of urban development, and asked if these much-maligned accidents of unbridled growth could ultimately mitigate the impacts of environmental change and re-introduce the wonder of nature in cities.