Distinguished Lecture Series

Orchids in the Tea Garden: Ecology, Culture, and Spirit

Delivered by Brian Kirbis

Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Community Room, International House
10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616


China has been described as the "Mother of Gardens", and in the center of that garden, there is a tea tree. In the far southwest corner of China, where the Mekong River flows out of the Himalayas into Southeast Asia, we find the botanical and cultural heartland of tea, Xishuangbanna. Join us on a journey into the oldest tea forests in the world, and experience the way that tea speaks to the profound relationship between nature and culture.  Brian Kirbis will be our guest speaker. Brian, an expert on Pu'er tea, is the founder of Theasophie, a collaborative research organization comprised of tea farmers, producers, and scholars committed to the tea agroforestry complex of Xishuangbanna and upland Southeast Asia.

The Art of Shimo: The New Eastern Mentality

Lecture on Lotus Painting

October 9, 2014
5 - 7 p.m.
Main Room, Art Building Annex
UC Davis

Registration required. Register here.

Origins of Chinese Food: Neolithic Innovations and Early Dynasties

E.N. Anderson

Department of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside

Chinese food today is the product of thousands of years of development, involving, among other things, borrowing hundreds of crops from western Asia, India, Southeast Asia, and most recently the New World. Even things like Maya cactus fruit have appeared on the Chinese market. But before all this, there was a long period of development, involving the independent invention of agriculture, the domestication of millets and rice, the coming of ancient Near Eastern crops, and the development of an agrarian civilization based on highly innovative Chinese technology. Many important new findings on this early period have appeared recently. This talk will cover the rise of China's agriculture before the coming of New World crops.

May 22, 2014
Lecture from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; reception from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
UC Davis
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