Welcome to the Tibet Himalaya Initiative - an interdisciplinary hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on Tibet and the Himalayas. We were honored to launch the Tibet Himalaya Initiative in conjunction with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to CU Boulder on June 23, 2016.
CU Boulder has unique research strengths in the study of contemporary Tibet and the Himalayas with faculty expertise in Anthropology, Geography, and Religious Studies. We invite guest speakers for lectures on Tibetan culture and society, Buddhism, and Himalayan art, and host visiting artists, graduate colloquia, and film screenings throughout the year.
Events this Fall 2016:
August 31st | Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche | CU Libraries and Dept. of Religious Studies
September 1st | Karma Phuntsok, Tibetan Contemporary Artist | THI Exclusive
September 7-8th | David Germano, UVA | Naropa University and Dept. of Religious Studies
October 7th | Sara Schneidermann, UBC | CAS, THI and Dept. of Anthropology
October 21st | Alton Byers, The Mountain Insitute | Dept. of Geography
November 4th | Sienna Craig, Dartmouth College | THI, Dept. of Geography, and Dept. of Anthropology
Our inaugural year featured over a dozen guest speakers, film screenings and colloquia. Throughout the year, we were delighted to host top scholars in Buddhist Studies, including Ringu Tulku, José Cabezón, Christian K. Wedemeyer, Anne Klein, Khenpo Jamyang Gyaltsen, and master translators Sarah Harding and Jules Levinson, for guest lectures sponsored by the Tibet Himalaya Initiative, the Center for Asian Studies, the Tsadra Foundation, and the Department of Religious Studies. Art historian Sarah Magnatta also delivered a guest lecture at CU Boulder on images of the Dalai Lama, and John Osburg gave a guest lecture on issues of morality and money among Chinese followers of Tibetan Buddhist masters.
In April, Tibetan Arts Week brought the widely recognized father of contemporary Tibetan art, Gonkar Gyatso, and acclaimed poet and filmmaker Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang (Jangbu) to Boulder for guest lectures, a film screening, and an art installation at the Boulder Creative Collective.
View a summary of Tibetan Arts Week here.