I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, and over the years I have presented numerous lectures on Japanese and Chinese art, culture, and appraising Asian art at a variety of institutions for general public, scholarly, and college student audiences. Below is a listing, by topic, of most of these lectures. If your institution is interested in having me come lecture, please contact me.


Amherst College; Appraisers Association of America (NY); Artist SEED Lecture Series (Lawrence, KS); Arizona State University; Asia Society, New York; Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, New York City; Columbia University; Cornell University Johnson Art Museum; The Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas; DePaul University, Chicago; Duke University; Emory University, Atlanta; Environmental Protection Agency, Kansas City, KS; Florida Gulf Coast University, Renaissance Academy in Naples, FL; Freer and Sackler Museums Smithsonian Institution; German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo; Japan-America Society of Chicago; Japan Society, New York; Japanese Art Society of America; The Huntington Library & Gardens; John Carroll University; Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS; The Kaneko, Omaha, NE; Kyoto Consortium for Asian Studies; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis (sponsored jointly by the garden and the Asian Art Society of the Joint Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Missouri, St. Louis & Washington University); Museum of Fine Arts Boston; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; New Orleans Museum of Art; Ohio State University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Saint Louis Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Art; San Francisco State University (Ocha Zanmai Conference); Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Scripps College; University of Arizona; University of California, Berkeley; University of Cincinnati; University of Colorado Boulder, University of Hawaii East-West Center; University of Illinois, Chicago; University of Kansas; University of Missouri, Kansas City; University of Pennsylvania; Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence, KS; Willamette University, Salem, OR.


The American Academy of Religions (AAR), American Historical Association (AHA), Arizona State University, ASIANetwork, Association for Asian Studies (AAS), College Art Association (panel organizer and chair only), Midwest Art History Society (MAHS), University of British Columbia Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, Ideas of Asia in the Museum (UCLA & Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art (New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies).


(arranged thematically) NOTE: I presented lectures below marked with an asterisk (*) at scholarly conferences

Art Appraising & Related Careers

  • The Business of Art Appraising
  • Art Appraising and Related Careers in Art History
  • Appraising Your Possessions—Guidance from a Certified Expert
  • Art Appraising and Museums

East Asian Art – Collecting, Connoisseurship, and the Art Market

  • The Booming Chinese Art Market and Its Problems
  • *Conducting Due Diligence before Sales of East Asian Art
  • Connoisseurship of Japanese Painting and Prints
  • Chinese and Japanese Arts: Antique or Not, Authentic or Fake?
  • *Connoisseurs of Chinese Art in Late Edo and Meiji Japan
  • A Vexing Problem: The Long Tradition of Copies And Forgeries in Japanese And East Asian Art
  • A Vexing Problem: The Long Tradition of Copies and Forgeries in Japanese Art
  • *Langdon Warner’s Vision for the Japanese Collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Langdon Warner, Impassioned Advocate of Japanese Art & Culture
  • *Asia Comes to America: Ordinary Peoples’ Collecting of East Asian Arts in the Early Postwar Years

General Lectures on Japanese Art and Culture

  • Visual Culture and Social Upheaval: Imaging Change in Late Edo Period Japan (panel discussant)
  • *The Enduring Appeal of Tsuda Noritake’s 1935 Handbook of Japanese Art
  • Ma (An Interval in Time and Space): A Key Japanese Aesthetic Concept (lecture together with architect David Dunfield)
  • Themes and Characteristics of Japanese Art
  • On the Relationship of Culture and Aesthetics: The Exquisite Craftsmanship of Japanese Art
  • The Japanese Way of Life in Art
  • The Cultural Legacy of the Samurai
  • *’Fans Floating in Waves,’ a Representative Design Motif in Japanese Visual Culture
  • The Art World of Osaka: Patrons and Producers in a Consumer Society
  • Business and Politics in the Art World of Modern Japan
  • Isamu Noguchi and Japanese Art

Chinese and Japanese Artistic Interactions and the Sencha Tea Ceremony

  • Searching for the Spirit of the Sages: The Japanese Tea Ceremony for Sencha
  • The Chinese Presence in Tokugawa Japan
  • Chinese Baskets, Japanese Tea
  • *Appreciation of Karamono (Chinese things) in Late Edo Japan
  • *Ōkubo Shibutsu, Vagabond Poet of Edo
  • Chinese Chan Monks in Edo Period Japan: The Ōbaku Zen Sect and Its Artistic Legacy
  • The Importance of Imports: Chan Master Yin Yuan (Jp. Ingen) and the Legacy of his Imported Chinese Material Culture in Japan
  • Emigrant Chinese Chan Monks of the Ōbaku Zen Sect and their Role in the Transmission of Chinese Literati Culture to Japan
  • Art of the Silk Road and Japan

Buddhist Art and Architecture (premodern to contemporary)

  • Pioneering Women in the Conservative World of Contemporary Japanese Buddhist Art-Craft Production
  • Transforming Japanese Buddhist Art into a Modern, Traditional Handicraft Industry
  • Buddhist Art and Architecture in Japan, 17th Century to the Present: An Overlooked Tradition
  • Chinese Chan Monks in Edo Period Japan: The Ōbaku Zen Sect and Its Artistic Legacy
  • Veneration and Imagery of Buddhist ‘Saints’ in Japan from 1700-Present
  • Buddhism, Pop Culture, and Art in Japan, 18th century to the Present
  • *The Diaspora of Kyoto’s Buddhist Sculptors in Edo Period Japan: To Osaka, Edo, and Beyond
  • *Traces of Edo Period Buddhism in Present-day Tokyo
  • *Buddhism’s Sacred Spaces in Contemporary Japan
  • *Religious Devotion as Spectacle: Buddha-Buildings in Modern and Contemporary Japan
  • *Buddhist-Inspired Spirituality by Three Contemporary Japanese Artists Born in the 1960s
  • Buddhist-Inspired Art from Contemporary Japan: Intersections of Tradition and Imagination
  • *Buddhist-Inspired Art in Contemporary Japan: Intersections of Tradition, Imagination, and Social Activism
  • Color in the Work of Contemporary Japanese Buddhist-Inspired Artists

Japanese Design & Craft Traditions

  • Midcentury Modern and Japanese Design
  • Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics, & Culture
  • Japanese Design: Aesthetic Components, Cultural Sources, Worldwide Promoters
  • Celebrating Design and Craftsmanship: Early Acquisitions of Japanese Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • *Eri Sayoko and Nakamura Kokei: Transforming the Art of Ancient Japanese Buddhist Painting into a Modern Art-Craft
  • Transforming Japanese Buddhist Art into a Modern, Traditional Handicraft Industry
  • Industrial Artisans and Studio Potters in the Japanese Porcelain Industry
  • Recreating China in the Porcelain Industry of Late Edo Japan
  • Japanese Folk Arts, a Reassessment