Tuohy Chair proudly presents Qiang Ning, Ph.D., Chu-Niblack Associate Professor in Asian Art at Connecticut College in New London, CT. His lecture is entitled: Art, Ritual and Sacred Space on the Silk Road. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donahue Auditorium. This lecture is sponsored by The Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies and it is free and open to the public! Art, Ritual and Sacred Space on the Silk Road The legendary Silk Road often fascinates us with its exotic life styles, vanished religions, and archaeological discoveries. This presentation reveals the secrecy of mythical rituals on death, divinity, food, wealth, and political legitimacy by examining the 12th century painting, sculpture and architecture remaining in a newly discovered artificial cave in the Chinese northwestern desert. The interplay of art, religion, and politics is discussed in the context of cultural exchanges between the Tangut nation(Xixia), Tibet and Song dynasty China.