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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 01, 2022

Anna Yaroslavna, Queen of France, in History and in Ukrainian Imagination

A lecture about the wife of King Henry I who ruled France as co-regent during the minority of her son Philip I
Dec 01, 2022

Rulers from the West: Teotihuacan in Maya History and Politics

David Stuart discusses recent advances in understanding the complex relationship between the Classic period center of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico and the Maya region through image and text.
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.



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