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Authors' Talk: Victoria Johnson and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

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Join Hunter Professor Victoria Johnson and conservationist Elizabeth Barlow Rogers for a conversation celebrating NYC's love story with its parks and botanical gardens.

Moderated by Vanessa Sellers, Humanities Institute at The New York Botanical Garden

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic tells the story of David Hosack, who founded the first botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants, trained the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and conducted some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States.

Saving Central Park is “The inspiring story of how one woman, in the face of considerable resistance, created a partnership to privately augment the funding and management of Manhattan’s beloved park.” —The New York Times Book Review

Victoria Johnson is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College, where she teaches on the history of New York City. In 2015-2016, she was a Fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and in the summer of 2016 she was a Mellon Visiting Scholar at the New York Botanical Garden’s Humanities Institute. She holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University and a BA in philosophy from Yale University.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the author of eight previous books, most recently Green Metropolis. She has long been involved in historic landscape preservation and was the first person to hold the title of Central Park administrator, a position created in 1979. In 1980, she was instrumental in founding the Central Park Conservancy, a public-private partnership supporting the restoration and management of the park. She served in both positions until 1996.

Q&A and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

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