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Humanistic Uses of Herbaria
Friday, March 19, 2021: 11am - 12:30pm EST

Herbaria, or collections of dried plants that usually include information about the place and time of their collection and the identity of the collector, have their roots in the 16th-century and are of vital importance to the study and taxonomy of plants. Recently, they have acquired additional value as tools for tracking biodiversity loss or even as windows into past ecosystems. While their primary purpose is scientific, herbaria also have rich historical and even aesthetic dimensions. This program will focus on the history and relevance of herbarium collections, addressing the contemporary importance of herbaria to science and conservation. Four speakers will explore humanistic angles by engaging with history, the history of the book, art history, and contemporary art, thus placing the discussion at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

Hosted by: Vanessa Sellers, NYBG and Yota Batsaki, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University


Barbara Thiers, NYBG
“History of the Herbarium.”

Pamela Soltis, University of Florida
“Herbaria as Arks of Evolutionary History and Foundations for Plant Conservation.”

Anatole Tchikine, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University
“Herbaria Specimens in Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection”

Yota Batsaki, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University
“The Apocalyptic Herbarium: Anselm Kiefer’s ‘The Secret of the Ferns’ (2007).”

Automated/AI captioning will be provided at this event. For accommodation requests related to a disability, questions, comments, or more information about the accessibility of this event, please contact Charles Zimmerman at access@nybg.org or 718.817.8765.

Mar 19, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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