Events & Opportunities

Tibetan Studies Events in New York City

FEATURE!! Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:15pm

Transcultural Tibet: Archival Sources at Columbia University

Professor Tsering Shakya (University of British Columbia) will be speaking on Tuesday, February 28, at 4:15pm in the EALAC Lounge (Kent Hall, 4th floor).  His talk is entitled "Tharchin Babu: A Mirror of the World from the Frontier." Professor Gray Tuttle (EALAC) will serve as respondent, and facilitate discussion.

The talk will be followed by a reception (5:45-6:30pm) to mark the opening of "Transcultural Tibet: Archival Sources at Columbia University," an exhibition of archival and other rare materials held by the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, including items from the Tharchin Collection. The exhibit will be on display in the Starr Reading Room until June 1, 2017.

Lecture Location: Kent Hall, 4th floor, Columbia University

Reception & Exhibit: C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Kent Hall 300


Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 6:00 - 9:00pm

Voice of the Thunder Dragon

Curated by collector Maxwell S. Joseph, the first group exhibit of Bhutanese contemporary art in the United States presents four visual artists who are pioneering contemporary visual art in Bhutan. Artists Asha Kama, Pema “Tintin” Tshering, Phurba Namgay, and Gyempo Wangchuk's diverse practices offer unique insights into the Himalayan kingdom’s careful engagement with Westernization.  The exhibition runs from February 11-28, 2017.

Location: 263 Bowery, New York

For more information and RSVP, please check the website:



Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:00 - 1:30pm

“Curating the Borderland: State, Market and Heritage-making in China”

Alessandro Ripa, Post-doctoral Fellow, Ludwig Maximillian University, Münich

Location: SIPA 1219

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12:00 -1:30pm

"Shia Saints in a Sunni Land: Shrine Legends in Chinese Central Asia"

Lecture (public): Rian Thum, Associate Professor of History at Loyola, New Orleans

Location: SIPA 918, Columbia University


Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 -9:00pm

Seminar: “A much-married woman revisited: Divorce, Gender and Status in Contemporary Xinjiang”

Rune Steenberg, Post-doctoral Fellow and Research Scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Discussant: Rian Thum, Associate Professor of History at Loyola, New Orleans

Location: SIPA 918, Columbia University


Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 - 9:00pm

Seminar: “Sufi Narratives of the Transition to Qing Rule in Altishahr”

David Brophy, Associate Research Scholar, Columbia, and Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney


Local Exhibits

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - January 17, 2017

"The Metropolitan Museum of Art Presents: The Arts of Nepal and Tibet: Recent Gifts"

The Met's collection of Nepalese and Tibetan art has recently been transformed by a series of major gifts. This installation features both promised and recently gifted works that are now integrated into the newly refurbished galleries—including an important 12th-century Tibetan bronze Padmapani, a 13th-century bronze Vajravarahi, an important 16th-century Tibetan Hevajra mandala tangka, and a spectacular brass stupa (chorten). The Nepalese gallery has been enriched by a large polychromed wood sculpture of the Goddess of Dance (Nrtyadevi). These works reflect the generosity of Steve and Sharon Davies, Florence and Herbert Irving, Ann and Gilbert Kinney, and the Zimmerman family.

Venue: Gallery 252 and 253, The Met Fifth Avenue

1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

1 (212) 535-7710


Friday, September 16, 2016 – January 9, 2017

"The Rubin Museum of Art Presents: Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple"

Architectural landmarks act as anchors for the identity of a place as well as focal points for associated stories and memories. Much like the Eiffel Tower is the pervasive symbol of France and the Statue of Liberty represents New York City, beginning in the seventeenth century, key Tibetan monuments became powerful visual icons of Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet.

Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple is the first exhibition of its kind to explore rare images of central Tibet’s most iconic monuments as they were seen by Tibetans and Westerners prior to the mid-twentieth century. The exhibition explores how image-making relates to placemaking and how the production and transmission of images contributes to the iconic character, familiarity, and power of important landmarks.

By bringing objects from the Rubin Museum together with art from public and private collections across Europe and North America, this exhibition presents a distinct genre, encompassing paintings, photographs, drawings, and film. The exhibition revives one of the original functions of these images—to transmit the holy city of Lhasa to a remote audience. In Monumental Lhasa Rubin visitors are able to vicariously visit and experience the main architectural sites of Tibet through historical and contemporary eyes.

Curated by Natasha Kimmet

Venue: 150 West 17th St, New York, NY 10011           

1 (212) 620-5000        


Thursday, October 13, 2016    

"Trace Foundation Presents: TibetColor: Silk Patterns + Inspirations"

The first exhibition of Tibetan thangka and appliqué masters Terris and Leslie Nguyen Temple Tibetan thangka and appliqué artists Terris and Leslie Nguyen

For two weeks in October, the two artists will explore their work and passion for the natural world through an inaugural exhibition, workshops, and screenings of a captivating documentary about the creation of giant silk appliqué thangkas in Tibet.

During their stay in New York City each artist will also deliver a workshop centered around his or her personal connection with art: Terris will lead an event where he walks participants through decorating a canvas bag, and Leslie will guide a session combining a body-based yoga sequence into intuitive image making.

Some of the art exhibited will be for sale.

              132 Perry St., Suite 2B, New York, NY 10014
              1 (212) 367-8490

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

January- June, 2017

"India, Himalayas, Southeast Asia: Hindu and Buddhist Vision"

The MET is offering a guided tour to introduce the public to South and Southeast Asian art. The tour includes eighteen chronologically arranged galleries featuring an extraordinary array of masterworks dating from 3000 B.C. to the mid-nineteenth century A.D. The arts of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar are represented through archaeological finds, sculpture, painting, and decorative art.

Venue: MET Fifth Avenue, Great Hall 

For more information, visit: 

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