Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia: Lectures, Conferences and Events

Lecture Series

MTS invites international speakers and scholars to give public presentations on a wide variety of Tibet-related subjects, including film and television, art and architecture, history, literature, environmental science, and law. MTS has hosted over 40 such events over the past ten years. For details, see the event archive.

Panel Discussions

Scholars, development workers, journalists, artists, entertainers, and businessmen are invited to interact in panels on topics ranging from climate change in Tibet to comedy. Click here to see more.

Film Events

MTS frequently hosts showings of films from or about Tibet at Columbia and elsewhere, and with other Tibet-related organizations co-hosts film festivals, panels, and conferences. Click here to see more.

Conferences and Seminars

A series of major conferences on modern Tibetan studies have been organized by the MTS and affiliated institutions with scholars from America and the rest of the world, covering issues such as global warming, cadres in late-socialist societies, sources of modernity, and social science research methods in Tibetan studies. Click here to see more.

Special Events

MTS also holds special conferences and seminars, concerts, and dinners and other social events for both students and scholars of Tibetan studies as well as the general public. Click here for more.

Field Trips with Students in NYC

Students enrolled in MTS courses are taken to institutions such as the Rubin Museum of Art, the Asia Society, and the Museum of Modern Art to hear lectures by specialists, visit exhibits, and view films, among other activities, to complement their Tibet studies. View more here.


 The MTS Program has received generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Weatherhead Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, the Society for the Protection of East Asian Human Rights, the Wellspring Foundation, Trace Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies