Tea is a drink like no other. With over 6000 years of history, tea has been both a traditional folk medicine and an everyday beverage, an elixir for emperors, and an aid to monks in meditation. In "History in a Bowl of Tea", we will trace tea from its mythic origins through to the many forms it’s taken over the ages up to what we recognize tea to be today. Through a lecture and interactive tasting workshop, we will learn about period-specific production styles and taste the many variations tea has taken, from the boiled tea of the Han dynasty, to the early literati forms of the Tang and later Song periods, followed by the steeped teas prepared in the style of the Ming and Qing. Each tasting will be conducted using antique and period-appropriate teawares, giving the audience a rare opportunity to experience and drink tea as would have been done millennia ago!