Past Event

Emily Sessions - Botany, Race, and Power: The History of Expeditions to Cuba

March 5, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Description 

Botanical expeditions have often served not just to create new scientific knowledge, but to consolidate political power. This talk will examine this process in the history of botanical expeditions to Cuba, beginning with the Spanish Imperial expeditions of the 1790s and ending with the first New York Botanical Garden Expeditions to the island in the first decades of the 20th century. The paintings, photographs, and texts produced as part of these scientific explorations reveal how these expeditions drove and were driven by geopolitical and racial struggles of their time.

Event Speaker

Emily Sessions, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the New York Botanical Garden

Event Information

Free and open to the public, registration required. please visit the event webpage for additional information. Hosted by the New York Botanical Garden.