Start: 9:30 am
Saturday University Myanmar and Its Many Peoples Lecture Series, presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, PARTNERS ASIA and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. In lieu of a speaker in the Myanmar series for this Saturday, prominent Seattle art collector Gursharan Sidhu will speak on aspects of exhibits "Women's Paintings from the Land of Sita" and "Many Arrows from Rama's Bow," presently on display at SAAM. He and his wife Elvira have contributed many of the pieces in these exhibits. The "Myanmar and Its Many Peoples" series resumes Saturday, November 17, with an added date now of December 8 to round out the full series. (Maung Wuntha was originally scheduled to speak this morning.) Individual lecture tickets are $5 for SAM members, $10 for nonmembers. Series tickets are $43 for SAM members, $86 for nonmembers. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is at 1400 E. Prospect in Volunteer Park. For more information, please see www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Start: 11:00 am
Join us for this fun round of readings from picture and storybooks ... Go to the castle in the children's section ... and the stories begin!
Start: 3:00 pm
A welcome return is made this afternoon by Jacob Needleman, professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University, former director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, and author of such books as The American Soul, Money and the Meaning of Life, and Lost Christianity, is here with his newest work, An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin). "For nearly four decades Jacob Needleman has confronted the central questions of our era in light of the vision that lies at the root of the world's great spiritual traditions. Needleman's work clarifies: it takes topics that exist in disparate threads throughout our culturenew religions, esoteric Christianity, the founding myths of Americaand frames them in a manner both sensible and deeply questioning." - Parabola.
Start: 7:00 pm
When last seen in our reading series, former New York Times reporter Tina Kelley was reading from her poetry collection, Gospel of Galore, which was a Washington State Book Award finalist. We welcome her return visit to Seattle with a new project, a book about six very resilient teenaged survivors of abuse, addiction, and abandonment who were helped by Covenant House, a nationwide network of homes serving homeless, trafficked, and runaway children. Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope (Wiley), written by Tina Kelley with Covenant House president Kevin Ryan, gives a snapshot of a larger story in which an estimated 1.6 million young people run away or are kicked out of their homes each year in the U.S. and Canada. "With narrative precision and journalistic detail, the heartbreaking trajectory from abandonment and abuse to teen homelessness is laid bare in this book ... The compassionately told stories of survival are almost miraculous." - Publishers Weekly.