The University Library System (ULS) invites you to join Pitt faculty speakers in conjunction with the exhibit ‘Travelers Along the Silk Roads: 10th Century to the Present’ located on the ground floor lobby and second floors exhibit cases in Hillman Library.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh
After serving as one of the strategic locations along the Silk Roads for centuries, the city of Dunhuang fell into oblivion. Only at the beginning of the twentieth century would the explorer Aurel Stein “rediscover” it and the secret library hidden in the Mogao Caves located therein. This talk will briefly present the history of Dunhuang and the Mogao Caves to then discuss the impact of the largest cache of historic documents and artifacts found there, that bear witness to the cultural, religious, social and commercial activity that took place along the Silk Roads. We will especially focus on how the study of these materials has been redefining our understanding of Buddhism and other religions of the Silk Roads.
Thursday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.