Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Kathryn Selig Brown

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Kathryn Selig Brown is a specialist in Buddhist and Hindu art and culture, with more than 30 years experience. She has taught at New York University and Columbia University, and has curated exhibitions for museums such as the Asia Society and the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC, where she was Curator. Dr. Selig Brown has given numerous public lectures including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Honolulu Academy of Art. She is the author of more than a dozen essays and articles as well as two books: Eternal Presence: Handprints and Footprints in Asian Art and Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Tibetan art history from the University of Michigan. Her passion for travel with people of all ages began with her first trip alone to Asia in 1987, when she spent eleven months photographing major architectural sites from Mumbai to Bali.