The Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, founded in 2009, offers dynamic public programs by specialists who provide informed perspectives and explore all facets of Asia, from history and culture to agriculture, global health and politics. In keeping with the Seattle Art Museum’s mission SAM connects art to life, the Gardner Center seeks to offer a holistic look at Asia, including dialogue around challenging contemporary issues.
Saturday University Lecture Series
Empires that Changed Asia
Saturdays, October 5–December 7, 9:30–11 am
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park
Nine speakers will explore empires from ancient to 20th-century Asia— empires that formed within Asia, and colonial experiences. Beginning with the first emperor of China, we’ll consider the Mongol empire, the Philippines during Spanish rule, imperial arts patronage, and more, concluding with 20th century Japan.
Full series tickets: $45 SAM members, $88 nonmembers
Individual lecture tickets: $5 SAM members, $10 nonmembers
Full Series tickets on sale August 20.
Saturday University Lectures:
- October 5, 2013
First Emperor, Last King: The Creation of the Chinese Empire, Mark Edward Lewis
- October 12, 2013
Photography and the Uprising in India, 1857, Rahaab Allana
- October 19, 2013
The Mongol Empire between Ecology and History: Environmental Questions about the Rise of Chinggis Khan, Nicola di Cosmo
- October 26, 2013
Amid Three Empires: the Philippines Under Spain, the United States, and Japan (1565-1946), Vicente Rafael
- November 2, 2013
Cultures of Nationalism and Colonialism in Cambodia and Burma, Penny Edwards
- November 9, 2013
China on the Global Stage: Arts of the Qing Empire, Patricia Berger
- November 16, 2013
Retreat from Empire: Japan's Changing Choices in the Age of Encounter, Mary Elizabeth Berry
- November 23, 2013
History and Empire: A Comparative Look at Ottoman, Safavid Persian and Mughal Illustrated Manuscripts, Emine Fetvaci
- December 7, 2013
Rethinking Japanese Empire of the 20th Century, Louise Young
Other Gardner Center Events:
Tuesday & Thursday: 12–5 pm
The Gardner Center is proud to partner with the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, Elliott Bay Book Company, and a variety of organizations involved with Asia.