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Director’s Series

Each year, Director William (Ned) Friedman and the Arnold Arboretum present the Director’s Series, featuring nationally recognized experts addressing an array of topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science. Visit Past Director’s Series to see descriptions of past lectures.

In 2022, to celebrate the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial, this year’s series will explore the Magic and Meaning of a Garden of Trees. Over the course of four sessions, we will trace the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people. The first three sessions will consist of brief presentations and a moderated panel, and the fourth session will be a talk from the Director. All sessions are free and will be offered both in person and livestreamed.

Birth: The Early History and Meaning of the Arnold Arboretum

April 11

Panelists:

  • Dr. Ethan Carr, Director of the Master’s of Landscape Architecture Program, University of Massachusetts
  • Dr. Rosetta Elkin, Academic Director of the Master’s of Landscape Architecture Program, Pratt Institute
  • Lisa Pearson, Head of the Library and Archives, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
  • Moderator: Dr. William (Ned) Friedman, Director, Arnold Arboretum

Life: The Arnold Arboretum as an Institution of Public Health

May 16

Panelists:

  • Dr. Michelle Kondo, Research Social Scientist, UDSA-Forest Service
  • Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston
  • Laurence Cotton, Consulting Producer, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” PBS
  • Moderator: Dr. William (Ned) Friedman, Director, Arnold Arboretum

Journeys: The Arnold Arboretum Meets the World’s Plants and Peoples

September 13

Panelists:

  • Dr. Yota Batsaki, Executive Director, Dumbarton Oaks
  • Dr. Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
  • Andrew Gapinski, Director of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
  • Moderator: Dr. William (Ned) Friedman, Director, Arnold Arboretum

Obsessions: Fellow Organisms in the Arnold Arboretum

October 25

  • Speaker: Dr. William (Ned) Friedman, Director, Arnold Arboretum