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Tibetan Writer and Filmmaker Jangbu Visits Southwestern Oct. 6-7

Tibetan writer and filmmaker Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang, commonly known as Jangbu, will speak at Southwestern University Oct. 6-7 as part of a two-day festival focusing on the arts in modern Tibet.

Tibetan writer and filmmaker Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang, commonly known as Jangbu, will speak at Southwestern University Oct. 6-7 as part of a two-day festival focusing on the arts in modern Tibet.

On Monday, Oct. 6, Jangbu will give a talk titled “An Overview on the Development of Modern Tibetan Literature.” The talk will begin at 7 p.m. in Olin 110 (building 10 on the campus map).

On Tuesday, Oct, 7, Jangbu’s latest documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The documentary, titled “Kokonor,” is about the impact of tourism on a small Tibetan community on Lake Qinghai (in the People’s Republic of China).

“Jangbu is one of Tibet’s most innovative modern writers, and one of Tibet’s first filmmakers,” said Patricia Schiaffini, a Chinese professor at Southwestern whose research focuses on Tibet. In addition to writing scripts for world-acclaimed movies about Tibet, Jangbu also is a well-known poet.

In conjunction with Jangbu’s visit, Southwestern will host an exhibit of pictures of China and Tibet by Austin-based artist Rama Tiru. The exhibit will be on display throughout October in the Walzel Lobby outside the Alma Thomas Theater. “Rama’s photos show the environment from which modern Tibetan literature is beginning to spring,” said Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese at Southwestern. “They will give a visual reference to what Jangbu will be talking about.”

The photo exhibit and Jangbu’s visit are sponsored by the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, the Communication Studies Department, the International Studies Program and the Global Citizens Fund. For more information on the events, contact Schiaffini at 512-863-1460.