Our Father Bader Annual Dinner and Lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in the Ahern Room on the first floor of The Crooker Center of The University of St. Thomas, Houston. Our featured speaker will be our own Dr. Charles Stewart, Chair of the Art History Program and Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Houston. The subject of his lecture will be “More Discoveries on the Silk Road: Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity in East Asia.” Abstract: Over the past three years, the Friends of Archaeology has sponsored the archaeological research on a site on the Chinese-Kazakhstan Silk Road, Co-Directed by Dr. Charles Stewart. This site was once a sprawling medieval city at a crucial crossroads of the Silk Road. Last summer his team of American, Russian, Irish, and Kazakh archaeologists began excavating the thirty burials, shedding more light on the ethnicity and cultural customs of its citizens. In this lecture, Dr. Stewart will share the results of these excavations and provide an overview of the sharing of cultural and artistic ideas between Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity as early as the year 700 in China. He will also show clips from a documentary film that was made regarding these excavations which was broadcast last year in Europe and Asia. The Annual Dinner will start at 5:00 p.m. with social time and wine at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture at 7:00 p.m. Space is limited and reservations will be required, so please mark this date on your calendar. More details will be provided later.