January – July 2014
Bestselling author Amy Tan will discuss her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, a sweeping epic spanning from San Francisco to Shanghai in the years 1890-1940. It transports readers from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. It also tells the tale of a painting that is passed down through generations of women in the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture, and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers. Imbued with Tan’s characteristic insight and humor, The Valley of Amazement conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.
“Fiction and museums both provoke memories, taking people back in time. . . . That’s also what I want to do with my stories.”
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Join Dr. George Saliba, professor of Arabic and Islamic science at Columbia University, for a talk focused on the ritual of Islamic prayers (which believers have to perform five times a day) and the fact that those prayers are all defined by the interplay between light and shadows. From the dawn prayer, before sunrise, to the dusk prayer, before the stars become visible, as well as the noon and afternoon prayers, which are defined by the length of shadows on the ground, light and shadows play a crucial role in determining the times of these prayers.
After 3:00 p.m. the day of the event, tickets will no longer be available online, but can be purchased at the Visitor Services Desks at the Dallas Museum of Art.
6:30 p.m. | Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m. | Lecture
Join us for a special lecture on cultivating mindfulness in your child. Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child, will discuss the transformative power of mindful awareness.
In her lecture, she shares specific techniques and activities that help kids, parents, and professionals become more mindful and develop confidence, concentration, and the ability to regulate emotions. Greenland is the co-founder of the Inner Kids Foundation, which brought mindful awareness to under-served schools and neighborhoods in Los Angeles from 2000 until 2009.
Presented by the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Momentous Institute.
Thanks to our Host Committee for helping us spread the word:
Grady Calloway, DPT
Jennifer Cather, MD
Margaret Christensen, MD
Sarah Cotton Nelson
Sandy Gluckman, PhD
Irene Kusin, MPH, RDN
Carolyn Matthews, MD
Cinda McDonald, MEd, CCLS
Wendy Palmer, LCSW
Diane Snow, PhD, RN
Sunita Stewart, PhD
Louisa Lim, Beijing Correspondent for National Public Radio, appears in partnership with the World Affairs Council of DFW.
Years before basketball diplomat and former Dallas resident Dennis Rodman went to North Korea, NPR foreign correspondent Louisa Lim was already there and giving listeners a look at life inside “one of the least-visited countries on earth.”
That was a severely state-controlled visit in 2009. Now the veteran broadcaster is focused on secrets kept by one of the world’s more increasingly open nations, China. Based in Beijing, she has reported on current events throughout the region and also won praise for her stories on the rebirth of popular religion, stifled during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
In her latest undertaking, Lim examined a significant event — only a quarter of a century ago — in Chinese history and the result is her latest book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited. Details of that June 4, 1989, event, when unarmed protesters were overwhelmed by the People’s Army in Tiananmen Square, have long been buried by official China. But author Lim reveals the personal nature of the legacy of Tiananmen by telling the stories of eight people whose lives were reshaped by the protests and the response.
Lim, whose career in journalism includes opening NPR’s Shanghai bureau in 2006, was part of NPR teams that won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody Award and two Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage of 2008 events, the Sichuan earthquake and Beijing Olympics. She has also received a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award.
Presented in partnership with the Ellen Noel Art Museum
Imagine being part of the 2011 expedition that unearthed what has been coined as the most spectacular find of the 21st century! Join George Jacob as he brings you along on the extraordinary adventure that revealed astonishing treasures and posed new questions about the secret vaults of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India. Jacob is the executive director of the Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin and adjunct faculty at the University of Texas (PB)/Cultural Leadership & Diplomacy. Don’t miss an opportunity to attend this enlightening and fascinating lecture on one of the greatest discoveries in recent times.
Free for Friends of the Crow Collection, $10 for the public. For a the members’ promotional code, check the Summer Lotus Lens or please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the support of the Asian Studies Program at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, SMU, the University of Texas at Dallas Asia Center School of Arts and Humanities, and the College of Visual Arts and Design at UNT and NetIP.