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Land of Pure Vision: The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya

Land of Pure Vision: The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
General Public 

David Zurick's illustrated talk explores the intersection of faith and geography in the Himalayan region. It draws upon Zurick’s many decades of work as a geographer and photographer in the mountains, and centers on his recently completed ten-year series of photographs of sacred landscapes and pilgrims. Maps and pictures in the talk will convey key components of nature, place, networks, and change, which together compose a mental cartography rooted in ritual and religious experience. The purpose of Zurick’s talk is to visually evoke a sacred mountain world where the human spirit is in synchronicity with divine and natural forces, and to explore how the idea of sacred geography upholds both timeless beauty and the inevitability of landscape change.

Zurick is an award-winning photographer and currently the Foundation Professor of Geography at Eastern Kentucky University. The talk is accompanied with an exhibition, Sacred Geography: Tibet and Himalaya Photographs, which begins March 31 and ends April 16.

Moderator: Ashok Gurung, senior director, India China Institute


 - Dominique Townsend, Head of Interpretation and Innovation, Rubin Museum of Art

 - Mark Larrimore, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Eugene Lang College

 - Siddiq Wahid, Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies

Reception with refreshments will follow the talk.

Sponsored by the India China Institute (ICI) at The New School, Eugene Lang College, and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

This event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by emailing your name and confirmation of attendance to

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