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U.Va. Symposium Will Focus On Tibetan History

February 28, 2003-- New advances in the historical study of Tibet and the Himalayan region will be the theme of a public symposium at the University of Virginia on Saturday, March 15. The event, presenting new work by scholars from around the world, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m in the Rotunda Dome Room.

The study of Tibet has grown rapidly in recent years, benefiting from increased availability of Tibetan literature, new programs in Tibetan studies and collaboration with scholars in Tibet and China, according to David Germano, U.Va. professor of religious studies and a conference organizer.

Seven scholars from the United States and abroad will discuss key themes in the study of Tibetan history. Topics will include early religious history, Tibetan historical periods, monastic organization and relations between China and Tibet.

U.Va. is one of the leading U.S. centers for Tibetan and Buddhist studies, as well as for making Tibetan materials and scholarship available on the Web.

Germano has helped create a Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library with the U.Va. Library and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Run by an international team of scholars, it is available at http://www.thdl.org/.

For more information about the conference, please contact Cindy Benton-Groner at the Center for South Asian Studies at (434) 924-8815.

Contact:Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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