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Japanese Garden Traditions: Image and Allegory

Please note that this event, sponsored by the Rice Annual Fund, is a webinar only. No RSVP is required.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 
           7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Japanese gardens are a delicate balance of diverse historical influences, philosophies and strict applications of geomancy and metaphysics. Over the centuries, these extraordinary landscapes became spaces of political power, spiritual sensitivity and aesthetic refinement.

Check back here at 7 p.m. on August 30 to watch the live webinar.

We encourage your participation at this special event. Please submit your questions for Professor Balabanlilar to by Monday, August 29. 



Lisa A. Balabanlilar, Ph.D., serves as an associate professor of history at Rice University’s School of Humanities. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and research efforts. Her most recent was the George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest honor for faculty members, which is determined solely by votes from alumni. From 2009 to 2014, she served as head resident fellow at McMurtry College, and she remains active in the Rice Alumni Traveling Owls program.

Balabanlilar is currently working on a biography of the 17th-century Mughal Emperor Jahangir and is developing a textbook for the comparative study of imperial pleasure gardens.