The Way of Tea
Taking Tea: From Commodity to Cultural Icon
Thursday, October 28, 2004Fine Arts Center Atrium Lobby from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Free to the Public
Talk by Professor Rashna Batilwala Singh, Colorado College. The cup that cheers is far more than a beverage, it is a valuable commodity in trade, it is the subject of poems, songs and art, it has been the center of historical battles, it is in fact, a profession. The Boston tea party, tea tasters, tea cozies, tea sets, high tea, masala chai, chai lattes, are all part of the rich lore and legend that surround this healing drink. This talk will touch on the history and geography of tea, but most of all it will look at tea as a whimsical cultural icon that has come to be closely associated with conversation and civilized behavior.