Modern Tibetan Studies Program Talks and Events, 2012

In Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, the Modern Tibetan Studies Program sponsored the following events:

Fall 2011

October 21: Issues of Policy, Culture, and Development in Tibet. Panel presentation by Chinese scholars and officials Bi Hua (Chief Editor and Researcher, China Tibetology Research Center); Nima Zeren (Nyima Tsering; Vice President, Sichuan Research Institute of Culture and History & Official Artist to the 10th Panchen Lama); and Danzen Lunzhu (Tanzin Lhundrup; Researcher and Deputy Director, Institute for Socioeconomic Studies, China Tibetology Research Center).

October 28-30: China's Quest for Harmony: Balancing Regional Development, Social/Economic Policy, and Inter-Ethnic Relations. The 17th International Conference of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences (ACPSS), co-hosted by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

October 29: Roundtable on Current Developments in Nationality Policies and Debates. With Naran Bilik, (Fudan University); Tseten Wangchuk (Tibet Center, University of Virginia); Wang Jianfeng (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences); and Magnus Fiskejö (Cornell). Part of the 17th Conference of the ACPSS.

October 30: Roundtable Dialogue for Han, Tibetan & Other Minzu in China II: A Roundtable discussion in Chinese language on improving dialogue between Han people and other nationalities in China with Naran Bilik, (Fudan University); Tseten Wangchuk (Tibet Center, University of Virginia); Wang Jianfeng (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences).

November 22: The Past in the Present: Role of History in Events in Tibet Today. Panel with Kirti Rinpoche (Head of Kirti Monastery, Ngaba (Aba), Sichuan); Benno Weiner (PhD Candidate, Columbia); Jianglin Li (Independent Researcher; Author, "Lhasa 1959"); Tom Grunfeld (SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Empire State College).

December 9-14: The Third International Conference on Tibetan Language. Conference organized jointly with the Trace Foundation, the Shang Shung Institute, TBRC, Indiana University and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.

Spring 2012

February 1: Introduction and Discussion to screening of Prince of the Himalayas (Hu Xuehua, 2006) at the Rubin Museum of Art.

February 4: Practical Workshop on Modern Tibetan Language. Master-class & workshop taught by Françoise Robin (INALCO, Paris).

February 23: The Hidden Life of the 6th Dalai Lama. Lecture by Simon Wickham-Smith, University of Washington.

March 1: Art & Artists in Lhasa Today. Lecture by the leading Tibetan artist, Gonkar Gyatso.

March 26: De-politicizing Ethnicity: A New Approach to Ethnic Relations in 21st century China. Lecture by Ma Rong, Professor of the Department of Sociology at Peking University.

March 27: Tribal Politics in the Borderlands: Oral History among the Kazakh in Xinjiang. Lecture by Jian Zhixiang, Associate Professor of Sociology, Minzu University of China

March 23: Film Screening of The Silent Holy Stones (Padma Tseden 2005), followed by discussion with the Director in Chinese language. Part of the Roundtable Dialogue for Han, Tibetan and Other Minzu in China II.

March 24: Roundtable Dialogue for Han, Tibetan & Other Minzu in China II: Why are Minzu conflicts increasing in China? As the Millennial Generation, what we can do to improve understanding? Discussion in Chinese language led by Zhang Boshu, Tseten Wangchuk, and Tashi Rabgay.