China’s terracotta warriors, a vast collection of 6,000 life-sized sculptures was unexpectedly unearthed more than 40 years ago in Xi’an. Now, the Terracotta Warriors are making a limited two-city tour, and you can view them at an event exclusively for Dartmouth family and friends at the Pacific Science Center.

Michael Mastanduno
Michael Mastanduno

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor is a one-of-a-kind exhibition focused on the remarkable archealogical discovery of these 2,000-year-old figures on Emperor Qin’s 20-square-mile burial compound. The exhibit will include some of the original warriors and feature more than 100 additional artifacts from the first imperial dynasty of China. 

Before you view the show, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government Michael Mastanduno will discuss modern China, especially the current political and economic situation between the U.S. and China. He will also provide an update on Dartmouth’s programs in international relations and government. It will be an evening that blends old and new as you learn about China’s ancient history and the direction the country will take in the future.

After the talk, alumni will have the opportunity to mingle over appetizers and drinks before exploring Terracotta Warriors: Guards for Eternity on their own.

6 p.m.  Welcome and registration outside the Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery and Special Exhibition Hall
6:15 p.m.  Presentation by Dean Mastanduno
7:30–9 p.m.  Reception with appetizers and cash bar, including a drink voucher
8:30–10 p.m.  Time to view Terracotta Warriors exhibition

Alumni and guests:  $65
Classes of 2006-2016:  $55

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109

This event is hosted by Dartmouth Alumni Relations in partnership with the Dartmouth Club of Western Washington. To learn more about Dartmouth on Location programs, please contact us at 603-646-9159 or