Learn more about Thai art, history, religion and culture
The National Museum Volunteers (NMV) is holding its 64th Introductory Lecture Series at the National Museum Bangkok over four consecutive Thursday mornings from 9 to 12 noon starting 29 October and on 5, 12, 19 November. All are welcome.
The popular Lecture Series is well attended by English-speakers from all countries; both newcomers to Thailand who wish to learn about their host country and by dedicated NMV members, who return year after year to refresh their knowledge of ‘all things Thai’. This year’s series includes: post 1932 politics, a look at the current Chakri dynasty’s reign of righteousness, a look at the1,500 year saga of how Bangkok came to be, Buddhist cosmology, an introduction to Buddhism, contemporary Hinduism, contemporary Thai art, and unraveling the myth of ‘Anna and the King’. All lectures will be held in the National Museum which houses the largest Buddhist Art collection in Southeast Asia. You may want to tour the galleries and collections after some lunch in one of the Museum’s cafes. You can access the National Museum, which is on Naphrathat Road opposite Sanam Luang next to Thammasat University, by taxi (National Museum in Thai is: pipittipan haeng chat) or by river boat to the closest pier, Ta Chang. Limited parking is available.
Non-members: 400 baht per day or 1,500 baht for full series Members: 200 baht per day or 700 baht for full series Without advance registration a seat may not be guaranteed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the full program, go to http://www.museumvolunteersbkk.net
NMV 64th Introductory Lecture Series 2009 program Lecture 1: 9:30 to 10:45 (registration 9:00 am) Lecture 2: 11:00 to 12 noon (registration 10:45 am) Arrive by 9 am (or 10.45) for registration and refreshments.
Thursday 29 October Perspectives on Post-1932 Thailand – Michael J. Montesano, Ph.D. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore An Introduction to Buddhism – Denise Tomecko, Author Thursday 5 November Buddhist Cosmology – Mom Rajawongse Chakrarot Chitrabongs, Patron of the Arts, Scholar, Historian Glimpses of the Chakri Dynasty: Reigning with Righteousness – Mom Bongkojpriya Yugala na Ayutthaya Thursday 12 November 1,500 years in 60 minutes: The Saga of Bangkok’s Evolution – Steve Van Beek, Author Monks, Missionaries, and Monarchs: Unraveling the Myth of Anna and the King – Jane Puranananda, Consultant, Writer, Scholar Thursday 19 November Living Hinduism – Surya Tahora, Teacher of Indian Philosophy Contemporary Art in Thailand: From Tomyamkung Syndrome to the Present – Khun Jeab Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center
Non-members: 400 baht per day or 1,500 baht for full series Members: 200 baht per day or 700 baht for full series