Events & Opportunities

Tibetan Studies Events in New York City



The History of Tibetan Civilization: A Talk Series with Elliot Sperling

Saturday, September 12, 3-5pm

Saturday, October 10, 3-5pm

Saturday, November 14, 3-5pm

Saturday, December 12, 3-5pm

Professor Sperling of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, is a leading scholar of Tibetan history with a focus on Sino-Tibetan relations. A laureate of the 1984 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, his publications include numerous works examining interethnic relations of the Central Asian region from the early 14th century to the present.

Venue: Trace Foundation, 132 Perry Street, Suite 2B, New York, NY. Phone: (212) 367-8490.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Thursday, September 10, 7-9pm

"The Making of Milarepa: Reading the Life of Tibet’s Great Poet and Saint" -  Public Talk with Professor Andrew Quintman, Yale University

Professor Quintman explores the extraordinary life story of Yogin Milarepa, drawing on his new book, The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa, tracing its historical formation, changing narrative voices, and enduring legacy across the Tibetan region. 

Venue:   Tibet House – 22 West 15th St., New York, NY 10011.

Suggested donation: $20. To register, click here.



Thursday, September 24, 4:30-6pm   NEWLY ANNOUNCED!

Politicizing Piety: Qing Legal Culture and its Ramifications for Tibetan Social History -- A Lecture by Max Oidtmann, Asst. Professor of History, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

During the 19th century, Tibetans and Mongols in Amdo (Gansu Province and Qinghai/Kökenuur) frequently made use of Qing legal forums to resolve local conflicts. Using Tibetan and Chinese language archives from the office of the Xunhua subprefect, a Qing colonial official stationed in a largely Tibetan region, this presentation examines the significance of a Qing-centered legal order for the evolution of Tibetan legal culture, monasteries, and pious activities by laypeople.

Venue: Kent Hall, Room 403 (EALAC Student Lounge), Columbia University, 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, on the 4th floor.


Saturday, September 26, 3-5pm

"The Horse Looks Back: A talk on the bordertown Nyanang."

Kungo Rinchen Dharlo, author of Gnya-nang Tshong-'dus pa'i bu tsha rgyal khams pa, speaks about his childhood and the history of the Tibetan bordertown of Nyanang, including its role as a trading center.   

Venue: Trace Foundation, 132 Perry Street, Suite 2B, New York, NY. Phone: (212) 367-8490.


Wednesday, September 9, 6pm

Screening: "The Last Moose of Aoluguya = 犴 达罕 (Han da han)" --  a film directed by Gu Tao.

Followed by Q&A with Ying Qian (Professor, Chinese Film, Columbia) and Karin Chien (Producer, Cinema on the Edge). Moderated by Robbie Barnett, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Award winning filmmaker Gu Tao’s weirder-than fiction documentary is a portrait of Weijia, a hunter-poet and member of the Ewenki minority, whose homeland is near Siberia in far northeastern China. For details and other films, see: CINEMA ON THE EDGE film festival.

Venue: Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, 420 W.118th Street, 10027 on the 9th floor, room 918.  REGISTRATION recommended.   

For more details regarding events at Columbia University, see also the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Calendar of Events.


POSTPONED, TBA.  (original date: Thursday, September 17)

Screening: Yartsa Rinpoche, Precious Caterpillar

Documentary film by visionary director Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang, which follows an elder in the Amdo region on an 800-mile journey to collect Yartsa Gunbu, a rare caterpillar fungus found only on the Tibetan Plateau.
Today, some nomadic Tibetans bring in as much as 80 percent of their income from its harvest, but is it changing their lives for the better? Film length: 101 min.

Click here to order tickets ($10; students: $5).

Venue: Trace Foundation, 132 Perry Street, Suite 2B, New York, NY. Phone: (212) 367-8490. 

Local Exhibits



Introduction to principal concepts of Himalayan art and its cultural contexts, with a focus on Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, Purpose and Function, and Tibetan Art in Context, which includes the Rubin Museum’s Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room. Exhibit curated by Karl Debreczeny and Elena Pakhoutova.

Venue: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 w 17th St., New York City. (212) 620-5000


Fellowships, Jobs & Other Opportunities


Internships at the Trace Foundation (New York City)

New internship positions are regularly announced at this non-profit aid organization.

Summer Study Opportunities

Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese summer intensive language courses, including beginning classical Tibetan, three levels of colloquial Tibetan (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), beginning Sanskrit, and beginning and intermediate Nepalese. An introductory Buddhist studies intensive, combining study and a meditation practicum, is also offered.

Instructor: Professor Tsetan Chonjore. Tibetan language study for students at all levels, with special emphasis on oral fluency.

Instructor: Jonathan Samuels. Intensive language course which will develop the basic skills necessary for smooth communication. The focus will be upon the Central Tibetan dialect

Introduction to Speaking, Reading and Writing Tibetan Language:   Introduction to the Tibetan language, alphabet, reading and writing, and beginning grammar for those interested in preparing for formal language study, personal interest, and Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Instructor: Craig Preston.

Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive:  Six-week or two-week course options for students at beginning, intermediate and advance levels. Self-described as "an excellent foundation for students applying to or entering MA or Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies as well as a rare opportunity for students seeking knowledge of Classical Tibetan for their personal study and practice."

While no details are offered yet, Tibetan is listed as one of the courses offered for the 2015 summer program. Previous sessions are described here.


Tibetan Studies Librarian
Dr. Lauran R. Hartley
304M Kent Hall
(212) 854-9875