Join the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, for a series of three timely and wide-ranging online conversations about religion and spirituality in the museum. Featured speakers include Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, Krista Tippett of the On Being podcast, American Zen priestess Reverend angel Kyodo williams, Chase F. Robinson, director of the Freer and Sackler, and many more.

Moment of Zen: Buddhist Teachings for Turbulent Times 

Wednesday, July 22, 6pm EDT
American Zen priestess angel Kyodo williams, art historian Yukio Lippit of Harvard University, and museum curator Frank Feltens will discuss Buddhism, spirituality, and engagement with the world. 

Conversations about Museums and Healing with Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III and On Being’s Krista Tippett 

Wednesday, July 29, 6pm EDT
Smithsonian leaders and broadcaster Krista Tippett explore how the role of museums has shifted and how we can plan for our post-Covid existence. 

Spirituality and the Art Museum in Contemporary America 

Wednesday, August 5, 6pm EDT
Leading scholars of religion and sociology conduct a thought-provoking discussion about the changing role of spirituality in our country today. 


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This series of events is made possible by the Lilly Foundation Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative. 

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