Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia: Lectures, Conferences and Events [Archive]

Lecture Series
Panel Discussions
Film Events
Conferences and Seminars
Special Events
Field Trips with Students in NYC
Spring 2014

Lecture Series
(by date)
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Weatherhead Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and the Helen Clay Frick Foundation

Kensaku Okawa
Conflicted Tibetan Histories: Representations of Tibetan Society
November 6, 2009 | Columbia

Gyaye Trabo
Indian Political Culture and Tibetan Literature
November 4, 2009 | Columbia with Trace Foundation

Ngawangthondup Narkyid
The Great 13 th: the Life and Work of the 13th Dalai Lama
September 22, 2009 | Columbia

Jai Anand
Computer Security: Best Practices for Tibet/China Scholars
March 18, 2009 | Columbia

Lhasang Tsering, Kalsang Phuntsog
The Tibet Question: An Exile View
March 11, 2008 | Columbia

Lhamchok Gyal
Images of the Warrior King: Gesar Thangka Painting in Tibet
February 29, 2008 | Columbia

John Bellezza
The Urge to Know, The Drive to Destroy : Concerning the Traces of Ancient Civilization in Upper Tibet
February 4, 2008 | Columbia

Tsering Perlo
Participatory Documentary Making: A Window into Rural Tibet
November 27, 2007 | Columbia

Ljangbu (Dorje Tshering)
From Pen to Camera: Jottings on Tibet Today
October 31, 2007 | Columbia

Tamdin Wangdu
Managing a Village-Level Development Project in Tibet
September 27, 2007 | Columbia

David Germano
Tibetan Studies: A New Era of Tibetan Collaborations and Community Initiatives
March 30, 2007 | Columbia

David Germano
Ritual Introduction to Buddhas and Other Intimate Experiences
March 29, 2007 | Columbia with Heyman Center for Humanities

Yudru Tsomu
Banditry, Feuding, and Conquest in Tibet: The Rise of Gonpo Namgyal, a Kham Chieftain in the 19 th Century
March 21, 2007 | Columbia with Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC)

Gartso Kyi
Tibetan Legal Culture
February 28, 2007 | Columbia

Dibyesh Anand
Strategic Hypocrisy: The British Imperial Scripting of Tibet's Geopolitical Identity
February 23, 2007 | Columbia

Kunchog Tseten
Tibetan History in Amdo ( Qinghai)
December 7, 2006 | Columbia

Norbu Wangden
Gesar Terma in Tibet: The Contemporary Search for Buddhist Treasure Texts
November 20, 2006 | Columbia

Norbu Wangden, Shonu Lobsang
Guest Lecture & Discussion
April 28, 2006 | Columbia with the US Visitors Program

Chen Bo
Contemporary Ramifications of 11 th Century Sino-Tibetan Contacts and Conflict
April 27, 2006 | Columbia

Jamyang Kyi
Tibetan Television Journalism: The Work of a TV Editor in Tibet
March 30, 2006 | Columbia

Jamyang Kyi
A Contemporary Singer in Tibet: Influences and Aspirations
March 27, 2006 | Columbia

Dru Gladney
Islam in Tibet
February 24, 2006 | Columbia

Andre Alexander
Art, History, and Architecture in Lhasa Today: Tibet's National Cathedral, the Lhasa Tsukla-khang
February 21, 2006 | Columbia

Padma 'Tsho
Cham or Dance Traditions in Kham associated with Padmasambhava
February 20, 2006 | Columbia

Rigzin Samdup, Phuntsok Dhumkhang
Writing Home: Tibetan Calligraphy Today
November 2, 2005 | Columbia

Alai —Discussion with a leading author
April 22, 2005 | Columbia with the US Visitors Program

Leslie DiRusso
An Introduction to Heinrich Harrer's Photographs of Lhasa
April 15, 2005 | Columbia

Pasang Wangdu
Special Seminar for Graduate Students
March 9, 2005 | Columbia with American Council of Learned Societies

Gonkar Gyatso
Contemporary Tibetan Art
March 10, 2005 | Columbia

Jamphel Gyatso
My Work as a Writer
February 21, 2005 | Columbia

Lodi Gyari Gyaltsen
Briefing on the Current State of Sino-Tibetan Diplomacy
November 16, 2004 | Columbia

Robert Barnett
Secrecy, Fabrication, and Authentic Reproduction, or How the 1995 Panchen Lama Dispute Was Turned into History
November 8, 2004 | Columbia

Derong Tsering Dondrup
A Talk by Derong Tsering Dondrup
October 26, 2004 | Columbia with the US Visitors Program

Gray Tuttle
Reorienting Tibetan Society (17 th-20 th Centuries): Turning East for Patronage and Prosperity
October 11, 2004 | Columbia

Elliot Sperling
Tibetan Historiography and the Twilight of the Qing: the Representation of Zhao Erfeng in the Biography of Brag-dkar Blo-bzang dpal-ldan
October 4, 2004 | Columbia

Heather Stoddard
The Emergence of Rebkong (Tongren), Qinghai, PRC, as an Important Center of Tibetan Culture in the Late 20 th-Early 21 st Century – A Case Study
September 27, 2004 | Columbia

Lauran Hartley
Tibetan Publishing and the Monastic Vanguard, 1949-1965
September 20, 2004 | Columbia

Mao Jizeng
Sounds from the Roof of the World: The Music of Tibet and of the Uighurs
April 16, 2004 | Columbia

Amy Heller
Tombs and Temples in Tibet: Architecture and Preservation, 8 th to 11 th Centuries
March 31, 2003 | Columbia with Architectural Preservation

Ljangbu (Dorje Tsering)
Dondrup Gyal and the New Tibetan Literature
March 11, 2003 | Columbia

Phuntsog Wanggyal
Yin Yang, Science, and Dialectics: A New Approach – A Tibetan Philosopher's View
November 7, 2002 | Columbia

Carole MacGranahan
Empire, Archive, Diary: A Tibetan Nationalist in India and China, 1946-1950: The Story of Rabga Pangdatsang and "the Tibet Improvement Party"
October 17, 2002 | Columbia with South Asian Institute

Hu Xiaojiang
Chinese and Tibetan Entrepreneurs in Lhasa Today
2002 | Columbia

J. Kenneth Knaus
The History of US Involvement with Tibet
2002 | Columbia

Tenzin Tsutlrim Chadotsang
The " Four Rivers, Six Ranges" Movement in 1950s Tibet
2002 | Columbia

Kesang Tseten
"Mukundo," "We Homes Chaps," and other Tibetan Films from Nepal
January 31, 2002 | Columbia

Robert Barnett
Not Quite so Quiet on the Western Front – Competing for Space on Tibetan TV
April 18, 2002 | Columbia

Clare Harris
In the Image of Tibet: Tibetan Visual Culture since 1959
April 11, 2001 | Columbia with Columbia Art Deparment

Panel Discussions
(by date)

Tibet Studies Open House
October 14, 2009 | Columbia
Panelists: Gene Smith, Ramon Prats, Pema Bhum, Lauran Hartley, Gray Tuttle, Jeff Wallman

How the Media Handle Tibet
October 8, 2009 | Columbia
Panelists: Tseten Wangchuk, Orville Schell, Robert Barnett

The Tibetan Plateau: Environment at Risk
January 17, 2009 | Latse Library
Panelists: Isabel Hilton, Emily Yeh, Katherine Morton, Julia Klein, Lan Cuo (Lhamtso), Dan Miller. Guest: Yabshi Pan Rinzin Wangmo

Meltdown: The Impact of Climate Change on the Tibetan Plateau
January 16, 2009 | Asia Society
Panelists: Lonnie Thompson, Isabel Hilton, Emily Yeh, Katherine Morton, Julia Klein, Lan Cuo (Lhamtso), Dan Miller, Rajendra Pachauri, Yonten Nyima, Lan Cuo, Elizabeth Economy, Lara Hansen, Saleemul Haq, Robert Barnett, Orville Schell

Harnessing the Internet
September 12, 2008 | Columbia with the US Visitors Program
Panelists: Tsewang Norbu, Sonam Dondrup

Unrest in Tibet: A Conversation on Causes and Prospects
March 31, 2008 | Columbia
Panelists: Adi Ignatius, Tashi Rabgey, Tom Grunfeld, Robert Barnett

Tourism and Environment in Tibet Today
January 30, 2008 | Columbia
Panelists: Thubten Khedrup, Tenzin Drolkar
Development: Practice and Progress in Tibet

April 21, 2005 | Columbia
Panelists: Andrea Soros, Akong Tarap, Arthur Holcombe

Development Issues in Tibet
November 15, 2004 | Columbia
Panelists: Joseph Stiglitz, Anya Schiffrin, Robert Barnett

Momo Ha-Ha! Four Stand-up Comedians from Tibet
March 1, 2004 | Columbia with Latse Library
Panelists: Migmar, Thubten, Manla Kyab, Pasang Tsering

Buddhist Education and Publications from Tibet
April 10, 2003 | Columbia
Panelists: Alak Zenkar, Gene Smith

25 Years after the Cultural Revolution: the State of Tibetan Publishing Today
March 10, 2003 | Columbia
Panelists: Wangchuk, Dai Xian, Jangbu

West2East Gas Pipeline
December 2002 | Columbia with Center for Study of Human Rights
Panelists: Gordon Parry (Shell International), Albert Wong (Shell China)

The Tibet Issue and its Representations
2002 | Columbia
Panelists: the Chinese Consulate in New York, Lhadon Tethong, Tenzin Dongchu

Film Events
(by date)

Tibet/Inner Asia Film and TV Series: Weekly Film Shows
Film Shows
September-December, 2009 | Columbia
Presenter: Robert Barnett

In the Steps of Joseph Rock: Exploring a Lost Tibetan Kingdom in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands
Film Viewing & Lecture
July 7, 2009 | Columbia
Presenter: Yongdrol Kanbgu Tsongkha

Tibet in Harlem
Film Festival/Conference
March 1-7, 2009 | Maysles Cinema
Presenters: J. Kenneth Knaus, Chang Tianle, Wu Fengshi, Losang Rabgey

Tibet/Inner Asia Film and TV Series: Weekly Film Shows
Film Shows
September-December 2008 | Columbia
Presenter: Robert Barnett

PICTURING TIBET: Film Practices and Critical Perspectives
Film Festival/Conference
November 2, 2007 | NYU
Presenters: Ljangbu (Dorje Tsering), Zhang Zhen, Angela Zito, Patricia Schiffiani, Robert Barnett  

Dreaming Lhasa
Film Viewing & Lecture
September 30, 2007 | Cornell
Presenter: Robert Barnett

Tibet/Inner Asia Film and TV Series: Weekly Film Shows
Film Shows
September-December 2007 | Columbia
Presenter: Robert Barnett

Tibetan Cinema and The Silent Mani Stone
Film Viewing & Lecture
April 26, 2007 | Columbia
Presenter: Padma Tseten (Wanma Caidan)

The Making of the Tibetan Feature Film Dreaming Lhasa
Film Viewing & Lecture
April 11, 2007 | Columbia
Presenters: Ritu Sarin, Tensing Sonam

Tibet/Inner Asia Film and TV Series: Weekly Film Shows
Film Shows
September-December 2006 | Columbia
Presenter: Robert Barnett

Tibet/Inner Asia Film and TV Series: Weekly Film Shows
Film Shows
September-December 2005 | Columbia
Presenter: Robert Barnett

FILM: A Mongolian Tale (1995)
Film Viewing & Lecture
May 6, 2005 | China Institute
Presenter: Robert Barnett

Seven Years in Tibet
Film Viewing & Introduction
April 4, 2005 | Teacher's College, Columbia
Presenter: Robert Barnett

Red River Valley
Film Viewing & Introduction
February 19, 2005 | Rubin Museum of Art
Presenter: Robert Barnett

Amanisahan (1993, dir. Wang Yan, Wang Xinjun)
Film Viewing & Introduction
October 27, 2004 | Columbia
Presenter: Wang Xinjun

The Demon of the Himalayas (Der Dämon des Himalaya) (1935, Andrew Marton/Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth, Germany/Switzerland, 94 minutes, B&W)
Film Viewing & Lecture
October 23, 2004 | Rubin Museum of Art

Tibet/Inner Asia Film and TV Series: Weekly Film Shows
Film Shows
September-December 2004 | Columbia
Presenter: Robert Barnett

Life on the Edge: New Chinese Documentaries on Yunnan and Tibet
Film Viewing & Panel
April 17-19, 2001 | Columbia, Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI)
Presenters: Yang Zhangjin, Zhang Zhen, Robert Barnett

Conferences and Seminars
(by date)

Seminar: Seeking Common Ground – A Workshop on the Tibet Issue
May 9, 2009 | Columbia
Presenters: Wang Lixiong, Tseten Wanchuk

Conference: Tibetan Studies and the Social Sciences
February 6-7, 2009 | Columbia with the Starr East Asian Library
Presenters: Lauran Hartley, Gray Tuttle

Conference: Wutaishan and Qing Culture
May 12-13, 2007 | Rubin Museum of Art
Presenter: Gray Tuttle

Tibetan Studies in the Modern Research University
September 26, 2005 | Columbia, Religion Department
Panelists: HH the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, Mark Taylor, Joseph Loizzo, Gray Tuttle, Gary Tubb, Joseph Hough

Conference: Cadres and Discourse in Late Socialism: the USSR, Mongolia, and China
April 9-10, 2005 | Cambridge, MIASU

Conference: Investment in Tibet – Options for the Future
May 10, 2004 | Columbia
Presenters: Kesng Tashi, Tsewang Namgyal

Conference: Cadres and Discourse in Late Socialism: the USSR, Mongolia, and China
April 16-18, 2004 | Columbia

Conference: Sources of Tibetan Modernity
April 11-13, 2003 | Columbia Presenters: Janet Gyatso, Elliot Sperling, Gray Tuttle

Conference: Dispatches: Reporting on the Roof of the World
April 12-13, 2001 | NYU
Presenters: Meg McLagan, Tseten Wangchuk, Orville Schell

Special Events
(by date)

Concert & Talk: A Conversation with Gyamo Rinpoche, Dechen Wangmo and Chopathar
November 10, 2009 | Columbia with US Visitors Program
Presenter: Gyamo Rinpoche Dechen Wangmo, Chopathar  

Momo Making Workshop & Party
December 13, 2007 | Columbia
Presenter: Tenzin Norbu  

Introductory Dinner for Students and Faculty
October 17, 2007 | Pisticcis
Presenters: Gene Smith, Alak Tsenkar, Pema Bhum  

Book Launch: Lhasa and the Mythology of Place
April 19, 2006 | Rubin Museum of Art
Presenters: Ian Buruma, Robert Barnett

Tibet Fire Dog Losar Concert
March 25, 2006 | Columbia with Trace Foundation
Performers: Jamyang Kyi, Dadon, Dhumkhang

Tibetan Studies in the Modern Research University
September 26, 2005 | Columbia, Religion Department
Panelists: HH the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, Mark Taylor, Joseph Loizzo, Gray Tuttle, Gary Tubb, Joseph Hough  

The Inauguration of Gray Tuttle as the Leila Hadley Luce Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies
September 26, 2005 | Columbia
Panelists: Terrill Lautz, Madeleine Zelin, Robert Thurman, Robert Hymes, Gray Tuttle  

Forum: Future Directions in Modern Tibetan Studies
September 26, 2005 | Columbia
Panelists: Robert Barnett, Tsering Shakya, Melvyn Goldstein, Lauran Hartley, Kurtis Schaeffer, Janet Gyatso  

Reception to Honor Gene Smith, Elise Frick, Katie Grover, Carol Rattray, and others
April 15, 2005 | Columbia with Starr East Asian Library
Presenters: Gene Smith, Elise Frick, Katie Grover, Carol Rattray

Tibetan Year of the Wood Bird: Concert by the Masters
February 13, 2005 | Columbia, Miller Theatre, with Trace Foundation
Performers: Lobsang Palden Tawo, Palgon, Nelung Tsering Topten

Field Trips with Students in NYC
(by date)

Dialogue on Tibet at a Crossroads
October 7, 2008 | Asia Society
Presenter: Lodi Gyari Gyaltsen

Celebration of the Life and Work of Gene Smith
September 26, 2007 | Rubin Museum of Art
Presenter: Gene Smith

Tenzing Rigdol: A Modern Tibetan Artist
May 11, 2007 | Rubin Museum of Art
Presenter: Tenzing Rigdol

Old Soul New Art: Exhibition of Modern Tibetan Art
April 14, 2007 | Rubin Museum of Art, Tibet House
Presenter: Ganden Thurman

Film Viewing: Dreaming Lhasa
April 11, 2007 | Imaginasian Cinema

Film Viewing: Guofeng (1935)
December 10, 2006 | Museum of Modern Art

Rubin Museum of Art
November 17, 2006 | Rubin Museum of Art
Presenter: Ramon Prats

Film Viewing: Travellers and Magicians
February 5, 2005 | New York

Art Exhibition & Discussion with Leading Modern Artists from Lhasa

March 29, 2002 | Snug Harbor Cultural Center with Trace Foundation
Presenters: Gade, Tsering Dorje, Beiqiong, and Tserang Dondup



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Gray Tuttle and Tenzin Norbu in discussion with Kensaku Okawa

Professor Gyaye Trabo of Qinghai Education University





















Jamyang Kyi


Bsam blo ("the thinking mind") in khyuyig script by P. N. Dhumkhang © Indigo Gallery, Kathmandu




































Kesang Tseten



















In the Steps of Joseph Rock ((Yongdrol Kanbgu Tsongkha, 2009)

PICTURING TIBET: Prince of the Himalayas(Sherwood Hu, 2006)
















Nongnu in production in Lhasa, 1963

































Tibet Fire Dog Losar Concert, Columbia 2005