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Teacher Institute at Smithsonian Tibetan Festival: A Once In a Lifetime Opportunity for Educators

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 00/05/16 Compiled by Tseten Samdup]

Seattle/Washington, DC -- May 5, 2000 -- Global Source Education is thrilled to announce Compassion and Cultural Survival: A Teacher Institute on the Study of Tibet in K-12 Education at the Year 2000 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Tibetan Culture Beyond the Land of Snows, from June 28th to July 2nd in Washington, DC. The Institute initiates Global Sources campaign to engage 2000 educators in the study of Tibet. This professional development program will offer teachers extraordinary access to many of the leading tradition-bearers of the global Tibetan community, including monks and nuns, artists and artisans, as well as leading Tibet scholars and experts.

Tibet Education Network (TEN) at Global Source, in partnership with Smithsonian and The Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture, will offer thirty K-12 educators the special opportunity to participate in the Festival, share and learn with fellow teachers, and shape a teaching practice around bringing the study of Tibet into elementary and secondary school classrooms.

The Festival will present the largest celebration of Tibetan culture ever held in the West. Our Institute offers an unprecedented opportunity to study Tibetan culture through experiencing Tibet's living religious and performing arts, monastic ritual, philosophical debate, and skilled craftsmanship.

Festival highlights include monastic art and ritual activities which will take place inside a gompa (monastery), constructed especially for the program. World class Tibetan dance and theater performances will take place in the open air. A traditional encampment of nomadic tents will host Tibetan artisans and practitioners demonstrating thangka painting, paper making, clay sculpture, metal work, calligraphy, incense making, weaving and health practices.

The Institute will focus on providing teachers with an understanding of Tibetan culture, history, civilization, Buddhism and arts, through the Diaspora experience. Institute sessions include festival performances, presentations, and activities, along with panel discussions, group dialog, videos, and curriculum planning and development. The Institute will conclude with a public talk by The 14th Dalai Lama.

The five-day Institute will be facilitated by Jon Garfunkel, director of TEN, and Thubten Jampa, Tibetan scholar and translator, and will include an extensive resource package, with course handbook, books, videos, music and cultural artifacts. Participants are eligible to earn two credits through Antioch University Seattle. The institute costs $295 (additional cost for 3 or more credits). Applications due by May 31. For an application or more information, contact Global Source Education at 206-781-8060 or info@GlobalSourceNetwork.org. More information about Tibet Education Network can be found at our website: http://www.GlobalSourceNetwork.org.

Global Source Education is a non-profit, independent, educational outreach organization whose mission is to provide professional development, curricular and educational support materials, and other services to make global studies more accessible and meaningful to K-12 educators and students.

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