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Saturday University: The Origins and Spread of Tea-drinking

Sat Oct 1 2016

Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

9:30 AM – 11 AM

Tea Times: Cultures, Commerce, and Conflict

The history of tea is steeped in philosophy, literature, art, and world trade. Take an in-depth look at wild plants, distinct pleasures, and imperial exploitation as eight scholars present a few remarkable moments from the long story of tea.

The Origins and Spread of Tea-drinking in China and the World
From Asia to Europe, Africa, and the Americas
Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania

Through the centuries, tea has inspired artists, enhanced religious experience, led to the emergence of world trade, and triggered conflicts. Professor Mair shares a global overview from tea’s origins in China to its spread throughout Asia and into Europe, Africa, and the Americas.



The Origins and Spread of Tea-drinking in China and the World


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Can a Plantation Be Fair? Paradoxes and Promises of Fair Trade in Darjeeling, India

Saturday University is presented in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Series tickets are no longer available.
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.

Image: Teapot in form of prunus branch, late 17th century - early 18th century, Chinese, Yixing ware; reddish-brown stoneware with colored slip, 4 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (10.8 x 14.61 x 11.11 cm), Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, 41.3.