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Victoria Lautman presentsSubterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells

Speaker Series: Victoria Lautman presents “Subterranean Ghosts: India’s Vanishing Stepwells” | May 23

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Monday, May 23, 2022 — 11:30 am

The Vanishing Stepwells of India book coverJoin us in person as the journalist and author presents on these unique marvels of architecture, engineering and art.

PLEASE NOTE: New event date is Monday, May 23

While India’s palaces, forts, temples and tombs are on every tourist itinerary, its magnificent subterranean stepwells remain largely unknown. These unique water harvesting structures proliferated throughout the subcontinent for over a millennium, but by the 19th century faded into oblivion.

Victoria Lautman spent years documenting hundreds of the underground edifices and her book, now in hardcover and paperback, traces the fascinating history, variety and current state of these wonders. We will see many of these lavish images that were recently on exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

A veteran cultural journalist, Lautman has also hosted and produced several long-running radio programs in Chicago dedicated to the arts, literature, architecture and design… following several years in Washington D.C. at Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She has lectured widely and contributed to dozens of international publications.

Photo: The Vanishing Stepwells of India by Victoria Lautman book cover

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  • A note from a doctor or religious leader
  • Negative PCR test within 48 hours of event
  • Rapid Antigen test taken onsite (provided by the Ebell for an additional $15 cost)

Medical grade masks are optional but still strongly recommended.

Ticket Info

$35 member  |  $45 nonmember
11:30 am PT Luncheon
Please note: New event date is Monday, May 23

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Phyllis Hansen and Suzi Click Lewis, Co-Chairs

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