Events & Opportunities


Tibetan Studies Events in New York City

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 2:30 - 4:00pm

Status and Power of the Fifth Dalai Lama and His Government: Tracking Down the Line Between Fiction and Fact

Speaker: Peter Schwieger is the Rauchofen Professor of Tibetology and the head of the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies at the University of Bonn. His current research focusses on the political and social history of Tibet based on archival material.

Moderator: Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University

Venue: Room 918, International Affairs Building (SIPA), Columbia University

No Registration Required  

 

Saturday, November 4, 2016, 2:00pm

River 河, part of China on Screen Biennale - New York Premiere

Film directed By Sonthar Gyal
2015. 94 min. Color.  In Tibetan, with English subtitles

The rich complexity of human relationships is central to this story of a young girl, her father, and his father, who each long to strengthen their bonds, but find themselves fighting the weight of personal and national histories. Tibetan writer-Director Sonthar Gyal (The Sun-Beaten Path) makes breathtaking use of the Tibetan plains and mountains as an epic backdrop to this intimate family drama.  Tickets must be purchased.

Venue: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York City

 

Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30pm

"The Rubin Museum of Art Presents: Tibet's Earliest Guidebook, Book Launch and Lecture by Matthew Akester"

During the 1990s, Matthew Akester walked the length and breadth of Central Tibet in the tracks of the greatest modern master of Tibetan Buddhism, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, 1820-1892. Akester will share his extraordinary research adventure involving more than a decade of independent travel, textual archaeology, field interviews, and photo research, and introduce his new book Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet, an illustrated translation of the earliest and best-known guidebook to Tibet.

About the Speaker:

Matthew Akester is an independent researcher and translator who has been based in the Himalayan region for the past 25 years. His interests include the history of Lhasa, contemporary Tibetan history, and autobiography and memory in Occupied Tibet. In addition to the present book, he has published several translations and research articles spanning both classical and modern studies. He has worked as consultatnt for organizations including the Tibet Information Network, Tibet Heritage Fund, and Columbia University's Modern Tibetan Studies program. He was a lecturer with the School for Interntional Training and an editor and contributor to numerous books and studies of Tibetan history and culture. 

​Tickets: $20.00

Rubin Museum Member Tickets: $18.00

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

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 2:30 - 4:00pm

Status and Power of the Fifth Dalai Lama and His Government: Tracking Down the Line Between Fiction and Fact

Speaker: Peter Schwieger is the Rauchofen Professor of Tibetology and the head of the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies at the University of Bonn. His current research focusses on the political and social history of Tibet based on archival material.

Moderator: Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University

Venue: Room 918, International Affairs Building (SIPA), Columbia University

No Registration Required 

 

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm

Tibetan Language in the Digital Era : A Talk with Geshe Lobsang Monlam

Speaker: A monk and scholar, Monlam is famous for his development of Tibetan-language computer programs and is the most-well known computer developer amongst Tibetans.  Monlam will be discussing the new developments and improvements in his Tibetan programs, applications and fonts. He will also outline why he insists on a free distribution of services as crucial to the online community as a whole and to Tibetans in particular.  

Venue: Latse Library, 132 Perry Street, Suite 2B, New York, NY. phone: (212)367-8490. RSVP, email events@trace.org

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.

Venue: TRACE FOUNDATION
132 Perry St., Suite 2B, New York, NY 10014
1 (212) 367-8490
events@trace.org

 


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.


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Tibetan Studies Librarian
Dr. Lauran R. Hartley
304M Kent Hall
(212) 854-9875
lh2112@columbia.edu