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Three-part Reeves Center Lecture Series Begins March 10

The fifth annual Reeves Center Lecture Series, titled “Silk Road to Clipper Ship,” presented by Washington and Lee University’s Reeves Center, Art department and East Asian Languages and Literatures department will begin on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The series accompanies the current Watson Pavilion exhibit, Silk Road to Clipper Ship, a exhibition on loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Ron Fuch II, ceramics consultant and Washington and Lee Porcelain Collections visiting curator, will give the first lecture on March 10. The title of the lecture will be “Beyond the Silk Road: Maritime Trade Routes to the West.”

All parts of the series are free and open to the public.

The two subsequent lectures in the series, all in W&L’s Northen Auditorium, are:

  • “Islam Along the Silk Road,” by Dr. Morris Rossabi, professor of Chinese and Central Asian History at Columbia University in New York, on Monday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.;
  • “Pots Along the Silk Road,” by Dr. Maribeth Graybill, curator of Asian Art at Portland Art Museum, Oregon on Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit at Washington and Lee’s Watson Pavilion Silk Road to Clipper Ship: Trade, Changing Markets, and East Asian Ceramics contains more than 50 exemplary objects on display and vividly demonstrates the impact of the exchange of goods, people, and ideas on Chinese potters and their counterparts in Japan over nearly 2,000 years. It is on display until April 12.

“The Silk Road to Clipper Ship exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to view ceramics other than what is on display at the Reeves Center,” said Peter Grover, director of Washington and Lee University Collections. “Our collection focuses on examples of the European and American trade; this exhibit concentrates on internal and regional trade of ceramics throughout China, Japan and the Middle East.”

The Silk Road to Clipper Ship exhibit in the Watson Pavilion is available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. When no one is viewing the exhibit, the building is locked. To gain admittance, ask at the adjacent Reeves Center.