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Mellon Midday Dialogues

The Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks hosts a series of Midday Dialogues with invited scholars and landscape practitioners.

Midday Dialogues are not open to the public, but all Dumbarton Oaks staff, fellows, and docents are welcome. No RSVP necessary. Unless otherwise noted, talks will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Study of the Main House.



Water in the Lumbee World: Indigenous Rights, Environmental Justice, and the Reshaping of Home

CANCELLED | March 12, 2020 | Ryan Emanuel

Colonial Sovereignty and the Unmaking of the Kanpur Memorial Well Monument

March 5, 2020 | Swati Chattopadhyay

Landscapes of Segregation: Race, Recreation and Resistance in Modern America

February 20, 2020 | Victoria W. Wolcott

The Freedom Colony Repertoire: Promising Approaches to Bridging and Bonding Social Capital between Urban and Rural Black Meccas

January 23, 2020 | Andrea R. Roberts

Bullets over the Borderlands

January 16, 2020 | Robert Alexander González

The Geologic Setting of Dumbarton Oaks

December 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Refectory | Joe Marx

A Brief History of Water in the Ten Miles Square: 1790–1910

November 21, 2019 | David Wooden

Towards an Indigenous Landscape Ethic: Reflections on the Power of Place-Making through Indigenous Knowledge

November 7, 2019 | Scott Heyes

Mapping Inequalities

October 17, 2019 | LaDale Winling



Deurbanization and the Utopia of Dispersion

April 17, 2019 | Max Rohm

The Architecture of Leaves: Art and Atlas

March 13, 2019 | Douglas C. Daly and John D. Mitchell

Cotton Kingdom, Now

February 19, 2019 | Sara Zewde

Choreographing Topography

February 6, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. | Bradley Cantrell

Toward a History of the Bidonville/Karian as Urban Landscape

January 30, 2019 | Sheila Crane

Agro-Urban Environments and Implications for Resilience in Medieval Cambodia

November 14, 2018 | Sarah Klassen

To Feel at Home in the Wild: E. P. Meinecke’s Modern Autocampground

October 17, 2018 | Terence Young

The Zayandehrud River Speaks: Reading the Riverine Landscapes of Seventeenth-Century Isfahan

October 10, 2018 | Sahar Hosseini

Garden and Forest in Urban Space

September 19, 2018 | Toru Mitani



The Problem of Nature and Aesthetics in Planting Design

April 4, 2018 | Laurie Olin

Visions of an Unrealized Park: Chile’s Cerro San Cristóbal, 1915–1927

February 21, 2018 | Romy Hecht

Cultivating Communism: Soviet City Greening and Beautification, 1930s–1960s

February 14, 2018 | Maria Taylor

The Tropical Body

February 7, 2018 | Jacob Boswell

Today’s American Urban Spaces: New Roles and New Restrictions

January 31, 2018 | John King

The Emergence, Ecology and Future of Anthropogenic Biomes

November 29, 2017 | Erle Ellis

“What Would You Like to See on This Land?”: Building Equality in the Civil Rights Movement

October 25, 2017 | Brian Goldstein

The Cultural Politics of Urban Green Spaces: The Production and Reorganization of Istanbul's Parks and Gardens

October 4, 2017 | Basak Durgun

Confluences in Landscape Legibility 

September 27, 2017 | Todd Gilens

Urban Historic Preservation: The Imperative for Ethnic Diversity and Collective Stewardship

September 20, 2017 | Everett L. Fly



Places to Share Beauty and Fear

April 25, 2017 | Rebecca Krinke

Rus in Urbe: The Urban Landscape of Rome in the Age of the Grand Tour

April 18, 2017 | John Pinto

How a Bird's Eye View of the City Teaches Us about Urban Ecology

April 12, 2017 | Amanda Rodewald

Gardens for the Senses: The Influences of History and Family Values in My Gardens

March 28, 2017 | Javier Mariátegui

“A Great Functioning Whole”: Urban Design and Emergent Environmentalism in San Francisco’s Panhandle Freeway Debates, 1959–66

March 15, 2017 | Margot Lystra

“It’s Like Scotland, Minus the Weather”: An Ethnographic Account of Landscape in Bahrain

March 7, 2017 | Gareth Doherty

Middling Landscapes: Animating Life and Work on the Carquinez Strait

March 1, 2017 | Peter Ekman

The Topography of Wellness: Health and the American Urban Landscape

February 8, 2017 | Sara Carr

The Metropolitan Garden as a Sensorial Expression of Place in the Metropolitan Context

February 1, 2017 | Saskia de Wit

Shape the Earth: Landscape Architecture in the Anthropocene

November 29, 2016 | John Davis and Jeanne Haffner

Unsettled City: Migration, Race, and the Making of Seattle's Urban Landscape

November 22, 2016 | Megan Asaka

Landscape Entanglements. Aesthetic Practices in a Networked World

November 8, 2016 | Elizabeth Meyer

Landed Internationals: Planning Cultures in the Cold War Middle East

October 26, 2016 | Burak Erdim

Street Tree Stories: On the Politics of Nature in the City

October 19, 2016 | Sonja Dümpelmann

Dancing on the Grave of Industry: Wenders, Bausch & the Affective Re-performance of Environmental History

October 11, 2016 | Jeremy Foster

Making Post Rock: Material Research through Design

October 5, 2016 | Meredith Miller 



Producing Green Expertise: Place, Pedagogy and Sustainable Architecture in Mumbai

April 26, 2016 | Anne Rademacher

The Rise of Innovation Districts: The Intersection of Innovation and Quality Places

April 19, 2016 | Jennifer Vey

Vegetal City

April 5, 2016 | Gary Hilderbrand

Inventing Informality in Algiers and Casablanca

March 29, 2016 | Sheila Crane

Informal by Design: From Amerindian “Garden Cities” to Olympic Urbanism in Brazil

March 16, 2016 | Bruno Carvalho

The Nature of Urban Coastal Resiliency: Twentieth-Century Governance, Environmental Management, and Design

February 24, 2016 | Kara Schlichting

Talaab, Ghat & Canal Waterworks on the Indian Urban Landscape

February 24, 2016 | Alpa Nawre

Beyond the City: Metropolitan Environments and Urban Identification

February 2, 2016 | Mariana Mogilevich

Design Matters! (Even at the EPA)

January 20, 2016 | Clark Wilson

The Flood of Missed Opportunities: Florence, November 4, 1966

January 5, 2016 | Anatole Tchikine

Housing, Landscape, Environment

December 8, 2015 | Jeanne Haffner

Critical Work: Innovative Green Infrastructure Regulations Transforming DC

December 2, 2015 | David Wooden, Meredith Unchurch, and Rebecca Stack

Anticipating Future Urbanization in Nigeria’s Oil Sands Belt

November 10, 2015 | Christina Milos

Restoring Brown Places into Green Spaces Through Community Engagement: The Masonville Story

November 3, 2015 | Katrina Jones

The Topography of Post-Industrial Gentrification: Toxic Identities and Flooded Realities in Gowanus, Brooklyn

October 14, 2015 | Juan-Andres Leon

A History of Environmental Designs

September 29, 2015, at 10:45 a.m. in the Lower Level Refectory | Peder Anker