Dr. Ned O’Malia, University of New Mexico
January 11, 2015 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

India has endowed the world with extraordinary achievements in architecture.  From Buddhist Stupas to Hindu temples to the legacy of the Moghal dynasties, with its hundreds of Maharajas, and the British built monuments, India is rich in world acclaimed architecture.  It possesses 28 world heritage sites and many more under consideration.  This lecture will examine a few of the best known of these structures: The Taj Mahal, the Rajput era Pink Palace of Jaipur, and the erotic temples of Kuranjuro.  We shall also discover some lesser known marvels of India, the massive Chhatrapati Shivaji Railroad terminus of Bombay, Fatehpur Sikri and the outlandish Victoria Memorial of Kolkata. Dr. O’Malia will illustrate his talk with wondrous slides from his travels to India.

Ned O’Malia is a Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Religions from Temple University.  He has been teaching at the University of New Mexico within the Honors College as a World Religions specialist for over 30 years.  He has wandered through India, China, Tibet, Burma and the Middle East many times photographing and documenting religious practices.  Ned first visited India in 1973 and has returned many times. Dr. O’Malia lectures extensively throughout New Mexico, the Southwest, as well as on many cruises.  He is also a published photographer; a skill he uses to illustrate his lectures.  And last, but not least, Ned is a talented cook who prides himself on learning the foods and cooking of the countries he visits.

Supported by New Mexico Humanities Council and Sandia National Labs