The political enlightenment of the West articulated ideals that had no substantial counterpart in the spiritual traditions of Asia according to this event’s featured speaker, Akeel Bilgrami, a leading philosopher and political and cultural commentator. Yet Gandhi, appealing precisely to those traditions, managed to construct a radical political philosophy. In what ways was Gandhi modern despite his explicit opposition to modernity? Is Gandhi relevant to our own time and politics? Dr. Bilgrami presents Gandhi's political philosophy to explore these questions and other contemporary concerns of religion, politics and culture.
A series of lectures in two parts (approx. 45 minutes per part)
The Society for Asian Art's renowned Arts of Asia lecture series will focus on trade roads and sea routes. You will be transported from courts to caravans, from stupas to shipwrecks, from mountain passes and river valleys to open seas. Travel with merchants and monks, monarchs and missionaries and see their riches and relics. Discover ancient ceramics, sculptures, coins, calligraphy, tea wares, textiles and much more.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
Farnoosh Fathi reads a poem she wrote in response to the artwork, "Untitled 1 (Peacock with Missiles)," 2010 by Adeela Suleman. This work is in the exhibition Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 18–September 2, 2012). For more information: This presentation was part of MATCHA.
Her Highness Princess Gouri Parvathi Bayi of the Travancore Royal Family will introduce the history of her family—an illustrious dynasty that governed, using a sacred concept of trusteeship, one of the most progressive princely states of pre-Independence India.