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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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Sep 08, 2022

Reading the Image of Prince Volodymyr Sviatoslavych in Seventeenth-Century Kyiv

A lecture about Prince Volodymyr Sviatoslavych and the evolution of his image from the mid-seventeenth to the early eighteenth centuries by Maria Grazia Bartonlini
Sep 15, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022

2022 Plant Humanities Conference

This conference is a capstone event of the Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Sep 23, 2022

Dumbarton Oaks Museum Graduate Study Day

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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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Dumbarton Oaks Hosts Inaugural Cultural Capital Conference

Speakers and attendees considered questions of contemporary philanthropy at cultural institutions

Araucania-Patagonia’s Indigenous Landscape

Rodrigo Booth studies the transformation of the ancestral land of the Mapuche people

Finding Agency in Captivity

Christina Halperin considers the lives of women and other lower-status captives and/or slaves in the ancient Maya region