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In Search of Sacred Sites

In-Person and Online Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0219
In-person Ticket Holders: Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Online Ticket Holders: Zoom
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A mosque on the ancient Silk Road in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Registration Advisory: This program has multiple ticket options depending on your choice to attend in person at the S. Dillon Ripley Center or as an online program using Zoom. Before you register, please refer to our in-person vs. online program procedural documentation to learn about our current terms and conditions.

For the past 40 years, documentary photographer, filmmaker, and National Geographic Society Explorer Chris Rainier has been in search of the sacred and the very meaning of sacredness. Across all seven continents, he has sought out and photographed spiritual landscapes and sacred religious sites—from Tibetan monasteries high in the Himalayas to the ancient rock art lost in the desert of the American Southwest, the haunting sand dunes of the Sahara to the towering icebergs of Antarctica.

What does sacredness mean to an atheist, a Buddhist, a Muslim, an indigenous elder, and to writers that have spent their lives exploring the world in search of sacredness? Rainier leads a visual journey into a world of spiritual landscapes and sacred sites around the globe to explore the question. He dives into the meaning of what is sacred in a presentation combining powerful and haunting images with insights from some of the leading authors, spiritual thinkers, indigenous elders, explorers, and religious scholars of our time.

Rainier’s book Sacred: In Search of Meaning (Earth Aware Editions) is available for purchase.

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Registration for this program will end by 4 p.m. ET on Monday, December 5.