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Miami to add Tibetan study abroad program

08/28/2008

Geshe Kalsang Damdul (third from left) of the Dharamasala program meets with Linda Marchant (anthropology), David Keitges (international programs), Provost Jeffrey Herbst, Karen Schilling (Arts and Science), Homayun Sidky and Deborah Akers (both anthropology).
Miami University has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) and the College for Higher Tibetan Studies (CHTS) to establish a semester-long study program for Miami students in Dharamasala, India.

The new Tibetan studies semester program, in conjunction with IBD and CHTS, will offer a range of courses for the promotion of Tibetan literary, cultural and philosophical traditions. The program will be offered each fall semester beginning in fall of 2009.

The IBD and CHTS are educational institutions operated by the Tibetan government-in-exile that is headed by the Dalai Lama.

"The new Tibetan studies program symbolizes Miami's continuing commitment to internationalization through the development of innovative programming in different parts of the world," Miami Provost Jeffrey Herbst said.

Regular semester courses specially tailored for Miami students will focus on Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and meditation. In addition, an intensive sequence of language courses in Chinese, Tibetan and Hindi will be offered. A sequence of three courses on the peoples and cultures of Tibet and South Asia, taught by Miami faculty, will be offered as a thematic sequence. The courses offered can serve as capstones and senior seminars.

The Tibetan studies semester program is a direct outcome of the highly successful "Peoples and Culture of Tibet" summer workshop conducted by Deborah Akers and Homayun Sidky of Miami's department of anthropology during the past four years. The foundation for creating the semester-long program came from the experiences gained by workshop participants, and the strong ties Miami and IBD established as a result of the summer workshops.

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