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Why can't China talk with the Dalai Lama? The Debate over the Tibetan Tradition of "Religion and Politics Combined"

Story imageRobert Barnett is Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia, an Associate Research Scholar and an Adjunct Professor there. From 2000-2005 he was director of the joint Columbia/University of Virginia summer program at Tibet University in Lhasa, where he also taught in 2001. His research focuses on contemporary cultural and political history. His recent articles have included studies of Tibetan cinema within Tibet (a field which he has pioneered), women and politics in the TAR, the history of post-1950 leaders in Tibet, and an analysis of Western political uses of the Tibetan issue. He runs four development projects in Tibet that focus on teacher training, oral traditions and ecotourism.
His books include Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field (co-edited with Ronald Schwartz, 2008), Lhasa: Streets with Memories (2006), A Poisoned Arrow: The Secret Petition of the 10th Panchen Lama (London, 1998), Leaders in Tibet: A Directory (London, 1997) and Resistance and Reform in Tibet (London and Indiana, 1994). He has been a consultant for the French Foreign Ministry, the Swedish Government, the Canadian Government, the US State Department, the Asian Development Bank, UNDP and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. He is a regular commentator for the BBC, NBC, CBS, CNN, VOA, and RFA and was formerly the founder and director of an independent news agency in the UK, as well as a journalist for the BBC, the South China Morning Post, the Guardian and other media organizations. He has a PhD in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University.

Location: Robertson Hall, Bowl 016

Date/Time: 11/06/08 at 4:30 pm - 11/06/08 at 6:00 pm

Part of the Crossroads in Religion and Politics Lecture Series, Co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Category: Public Lectures

Department: Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lecture Series