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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Dec 02, 2022

La Flora de Bogotá: The Art and Science of Botany ca. 1800

Public Lecture with Daniela Bleichmar, Co-Sponsored by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Washington, DC.
Dec 15, 2022

Taste, Social Class, and Oriental Carpet Design in the Eighteenth-Century Cossack Hetmanate

A lecture about the social significance of the Orient-style Hetmanate carpets in relation to the Cossack elite as a social class
May 12, 2023 - May 13, 2023

Environmental Histories of the Black Atlantic World: Landscape Histories of the African Diaspora

Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium in partnership with the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies, Washington, DC



Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

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Ensoulment and Bābai the Great

Nathan Tilley traces the movement of texts and ideas east of Byzantium through the Syriac philosopher Bābai the Great

Enlivening the Textiles of Paracas

Ann Peters unravels the living history behind textiles in mortuary bundles at Paracas

Science and the Settler State

Caitlin Blanchfield studies the contested landscapes of scientific research structures in North America