September 22,2011 meeting announced

The Society will host a special meeting of the society on September 22,2011 at 6pm at the old Lincoln Park School on Brace Ave

Tours of the school will begin at 6pm and will be followed by a presentation on teaching in Tibet , which is provided through the UNH Speakers Bureau

Education in Exile: Teaching in a Tibetan Refugee Community in the
Himalayas

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet was forced to flee his homeland in
1959, he settled in Dharamsala, a hill station in the Himalayan foothills of
northern India. Dharamsala is now the center of a vibrant Tibetan refugee
community: it is the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and home to
thousands of Tibetans who have escaped political and religious oppression in
their homeland and followed their leader into exile. It is also a backpacker’s
paradise, with tourists from around the world—drawn to the town’s mountainous
landscape and promise of spiritual awakening—mixing with the Tibetan and Indian
residents in a true cultural mélange. In 2007, Professor Gamtso spent her
six-month sabbatical living and working in Dharamsala, where she taught English
to Tibetan refugees and experienced firsthand the beauty of their ancient, rich,
and tragically threatened culture. Join Carolyn for a discussion of her
adventures in India, where she braved monsoon downpours—and roaming livestock—to
get to language class; learned about the rules of cricket from sports-crazy
monks; studied Buddhist philosophy with a respected lama; and discovered that
ultimately her Tibetan students were the true teachers.

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