Tibet Territoriality Seminar
With Dr. Dan Smyer Yu, Director of the Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Professor Dan Smyer Yu, director of the Trans-Himalayan Studies at Yunnan Minzu University, returned to the Elliott School of International Affairs to give a workshop on his current book chapter, titled, “Trans-Himalayan Buddhist Secularities: Sino-Indian Geopolitics of Territoriality in Indo-Tibetan Interface.” The Tibet Territoriality Seminar is an occasional series convened by the Tibet Governance Project of the Elliott School of International Affairs, exploring topical issues relating to the theme of territorial politics.
The Tibet Governance Project and the GW Mind-Brain Institute hosted Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro, abbot of Larung Gar of Serthar, Tibet, for a seminar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro, Abbot of Serthar Larung Gar
Moderated by Eyal Aviv, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion
Friday, May 27, 2016 from 1-3pm
5th floor Seminar Room, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Thought Leaders and Civic Space in Contemporary Tibet
The Tibet Governance Project at the Elliott School of International Affairs was honored to host prominent Buddhist scholar and dynamic public thinker Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro as part of the Research Initiative on Thought Leaders and Civic Space in Contemporary Tibet.
The public dialogue was held at the GW Jack Morton Auditorium on Thursday, May 26th from 6.30-8.30pm, featuring Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro in conversation with cognitive scientist Dr. Elissa Eppel of UCSF School of Medicine, and Professor Tadeusz Zawidzki, chair of the Philosophy department at GW and co-convener of the GW Mind-Brain Institute.
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro is a distinguished Buddhist scholar and dynamic lecturer and public thinker inside contemporary Tibet. As abbot of Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in eastern Tibet, Khenpo is part of the core leadership of the world’s largest residential Buddhist community. Khenpo has lectured widely to both Tibetan and Chinese audiences on ethics, civic life and contemplative practice while leading a public conversation inside Tibet on language revitalization, HIV/AIDS awareness and Tibetan vegetarianism. One of the most provocative public commentators on Tibetan civic life today, Khenpo has been deeply committed to expanding a dialogue between modern science and Buddhist philosophy.
By Tashi Rabgey
Shidé Nyima is one of the most dynamic cultural producers in contemporary Tibet. A prominent comedian, writer, producer and filmmaker, he is a pioneer in Tibetan-language television, and is a prolific writer of song lyrics, comedy sketches, and poetry. He has won several awards for his achievements in poetry, stage, and film. Most recently he has won acclaim for his title role in Pema Tseden’s award-winning THARLO (2015), including Best Actor award from the Shanghai Film Critics Awards, and a nomination for Best Actor in the 9th Asia Pacific Film Awards. He was recently based in Washington DC as a Tibetan Artist in Residence with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. This was Shidé Nyima’s first visit to the United States.
There is a moment in Shidé Nyima’s vivid documentary of a young Tibetan shepherd that appears to get to the bottom of things: a young woman stares off into the distance as she reassures her brother that he can carry on with his studies as she has taken on the burden of tending the family livestock; he barely manages to acknowledge her as he focuses intensely on his book. For many at last night’s George Washington University screening of Tsezung Lhamo, the gender gap evident in this long and meticulously captured moment was a distillation of the broader message of gender inequality of the film.
Or was that the case?
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The Tibet Governance Project at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs presents:
An Evening with Shidéy Nyima
Film Screening and Discussion
Tsezung Lhamo, A New Feature Documentary from Tibet
A film that examines Tibetan experience at the crossroads of tradition and modernity
Blogpost by Tenzin Wangmo
Ani Choying Drolma, the “Rock Star Nun” and renowned Tibetan performing artist, spoke at the Tibet Governance Project of the Elliott School on Tuesday, March 29 on “Gender, Faith and Public Performance.”