Events & Opportunities

Tibetan Studies Events in New York City

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


October 9, 5pm

Nicholas Bequelin (Yale):  “"Renewed Troubles in China's Peripheries: Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan."

Venue: School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 420 W.118th Street, 10027 on the 9th floor, room 918


October 14, 12 noon

Barbara Gerke (Humbold, Oxford). "Processing Mercury in a Chinese Labor Camp: Accounts by Tibetan Doctors in the 1970s."

Venue: School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 420 W.118th Street, 10027 on the 9th floor, room 918


October 30, 4-5:30pm

Nathan Hill (SOAS, London). "Tibetan in Digital Communication: Corpus Linguistics and Lexicography." The creation and use of an annotated corpus to facilitate the philological study of Tibetan texts. This talk is co-sponsored by Columbia Libraries Digital Program Division and Digital Humanities Center, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Modern Tibetan Studies Program.

Venue: BUTLER LIBRARY, Room 523, Columbia University; 535 W 114th St, New York, 10027


November 6, 6:30-8:30pm

Transcending Tibet: Preview Reception

Preview a select number of paintings, and attend related events this month. (See next listing.)

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


November 12, 6:30-8:30pm

Transcending Tibet: Leigh Miller in conversation with the artists

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


November 16, TBA

Screening of the documentaryValley of the Heroes and Q&A with the Director. 

A locally produced film from Qinghai Province, exploring cultural identity and transformation among a small population of Tibetan-speaking Hui Muslims. Interviews with elder members of the community. In Amdo Tibetan and Chinese, with English sub-titles.

Venue: Columbia University. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Barnet,

November 23, 4pm

The Epic of Everest (Capt. John Noel, 1928), exclusive screening of probably the first ever footage shot in Tibet. Jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute with the Rubin Museum of Art.

Venue: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., New York City


December 4, 6:30-8:30

Clare Harris book launch, discussion with Gonkar Gyatso and Tenzing Rigdol.

Dr. Clare Harris (Oxford University) discusses her recent book, The Museum on the Roof of the World: Art, Politics, and the Representation of Tibet (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and the contemporary Tibetan art world with two of its leading figures.

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


Local Exhibits


THE ALL-KNOWING BUDDHA  October 3, 2014 - April 13, 2015

54 richly detailed paintings brought to the West in 1923 by a Christian missionary who acquired it from a Buddhist monastery in Jehol, Inner Mongolia.  These are believed to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

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


ANONYMOUS: Contemporary Tibetan Art  Sept. 21, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015

This exhibit explores changing attitudes towards self-expression, attribution, and identity in contemporary Tibetan art; draws on paintings largely from thefrom the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection. This exhibit was first shown at SUNY-New Paltz in 2013.

Venue: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NY


30 Contemporary Artists Explore What It Means to Be Tibetan Today


This exhibition of newly commissioned works is free and open to the public.

Venue: Trace Foundation, 132 Perry Street, Suite 2B, New York, NY

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."



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