Donald Lopez and Thubten Jinpa in dialogue at the opening dinner of the Tsadra "Translation and Transmission" Conference at CU Boulder, May 31st to June 3rd, 2017. THI served as a co-sponsor. Read more about the conference.

Karma Phuntsok

Karma Phuntsok, contemporary Tibetan artist, with CU Anthropology Professor Carole McGranahan and THI graduate students Rupak Shrestha, Marielle Butters, Dawa Lokyitsang, and Drew Zackary on Sept 1st, 2016.

Gonkar Gyatso (Photo courtesy of artist)

Widely considered the father of cotemporary Tibetan art, Gonkar Gyatso co-founded the Sweet Tea House artists’ collective in Lhasa in in 1984. He visited Colorado from April 4th to 10th, 2016 as part of the THI-sponsored Tibetan Arts Week.

THI members at HSC IV

The CU Tibet Himalaya Initiative had a strong presence at the Himalayan Studies Conference (HSC) IV held at the University of Texas Austin from February 25th to 28th, 2016. CU Boulder will be hosting the next HSC in 2017. Visit www.colorado.edu/hsc2017 to learn more.

Galen Murton

Geography PhD candidate Galen Murton published a recent photo essay "A Himalayan Border Trilogy: Trade and Infrastructure Development at the Nepal-China Borderlands" on his doctoral fieldwork in Nepal and Tibet. 

THI launch

THI celebrated the success of its inaugural semester with an Official Launch in the Koenig Alumni Center on November 11, 2015. Twenty-five graduate students, faculty, and supporters gathered for this celebration with honored guest Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

Welcome to the Tibet Himalaya Initiative - an interdisciplinary hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on Tibet and the Himalayas. CU Boulder has unique research strengths in the study of contemporary Tibet and the Himalayas with faculty and graduate student expertise in Anthropology, Critical Media Practices, Geography, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Sociology. We invite guest speakers for lectures on Tibetan and Himalayan culture, religion, and society, and host visiting artists, graduate colloquia, and film screenings throughout the year.

Events in Fall 2018:

September 21-23 | THI-Sponsored Sessions at Jaipur Literature Festival
October 4 | Anne Klein, Rice University | Naropa & Religious Studies
October 6 | Lama Jabb, Oxford University | Lotsawa Translation Workshop
October 5-8 | Lotsawa Translation Workshop | THI & Tsadra Foundation
November 3 | Stories from a Mountain Kingdom | Boulder Creative Collective

Events in Spring 2018:

January 24 | Yuan Hao and Yuan Fei, Larung Buddhist Academy
March 1 | Tsering Shakya, University of British Columbia | THI & CAS
March 16 | Andrew Grant, Visiting Scholar at CU Boulder
March 19 | Tenzin Decki, Poet and Editor for Treasury of Lives | THI, CAS & Anthropology
March 21 | Gerald Roche, Asia Institute at University of Melbourne, THI & CAS

Events in Fall 2017:

August 31 | Charles Ramble, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes | Religious Studies & Naropa
September 1-4 | Himalayan Studies Conference V | THI & ANHS
September 12 | Pasang Sherpa, University of Washington | THSG
Ongoing through December | Mustang in Black & White Photo Exhibit | CU Libraries

Events in Spring 2017:

March 21 | Alessandro Rippa, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München | THI & Geography
March 24 | Dinesh Paudel, Appalachian State University | THI & Geography
April 17 | Jacob Dalton, UC Berkeley | Tibet Himalaya Intiative & CU Libraries
April 20 | Film Screening | Castaway Man, Directed by Kesang Tseten | THI
April 27 | Jan Nattier, Soka University | Center for Asian Studies

Events in Fall 2016:

August 31 | Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche | CU Libraries & Religious Studies
September 1 | Karma Phuntsok, Tibetan Contemporary Artist | THI Exclusive
September 7-8 | David Germano, UVA | Naropa University & Religious Studies
October 7 | Sara Shneidermann, UBC | CAS, THI & Anthropology
October 21 | Alton Byers, The Mountain Insitute | Geography
November 4 | Sienna Craig, Dartmouth College | THI, Geography & Anthropology

Events in Spring 2016:

February 18 | Film Screening, Mani: Hidden Valley of Happiness
February 23 | Roundtable with Members of Institute for Social and Environmental Transition
March 10 | Film Screening, Fire in the Land of Snow
April 6-10 | Tibetan Arts Week with Gonkar Gyatso and Jangbu
April 18 | Karma Jamyang Gyaltsen, Larung Buddhist Academy | Shambhala Publications
April 22 | John Osburg, University of Rochester | THI & Geography
June 23 | His Holiness the Dalai Lama | Cultural Events Board & Tibet Association

Events in Fall 2015:

September 10 | José Cabezón, Dalai Lama Chair in Buddhist Studies at UC Santa Barbara
September 30 | Panel Discussion on Social Entrepreneurship in Tibet
October 7 | Sarah Magnatta, University of Denver
October 15 | Sarah Harding, Tsadra Foundation & Naropa University | THI & CU Libraries
October 26 | Film Screening of Yartsa Rinpoche
November 3 | Christian K. Wedemeyer, University of Chicago | Religious Studies & Naropa
November 11 | THI Official Launch Event with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Our thanks to the Chancellor's Office for supporting the launch of the Tibet Himalaya Initiative, to the Department of Religious Studies for administering our first two years of operation, to the Center for Asian Studies for taking on THI this past year, and to all our collaborators: the Tsadra Foundation, the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Naropa University, Shambhala Publications, the CU Libraries, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, ALTEC and more.