Thursday, September, 17, 2009


The Metropolitan Museum, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, New York, NY

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 6:00 PM
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Afghanistan Today
Peter Bergen, print and television journalist, an author, and an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Years of war and much foreign intervention have had a profound effect on the traditional way of life in Afghanistan. Peter Bergen will shed light on the country’s recent history, drawing on his personal experiences during his many visits to the region. To augment his discussion of the Bamiyan Buddhas and their significance in the rich cultural heritage of the Afghan people, the film The Giant Buddhas will be screened following the lecture.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul,” June 23–September 20, 2009.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Raymond and Beverly Sackler and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

It is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.