Open Educational Resources and STARTALK online events with Miao-fen Tseng and Ran Zhao

January 27, 2023

The Institute of World Languages and the Chinese Language Program of the Department of East Asian languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Virginia humbly present two online events to serve the global Chinese language teaching community. The two events aim to share open educational resources and foster professional exchange through the UVA STARTALK Leaders for Tomorrow Series. You are cordially invited to join us in discussing the future of Chinese language teaching and learning in the post-methods era. The events are free of charge and open to Chinese language educators in the globe. Please contact Dr. Pei-Ying Gosselin at for further information or assistance.

ZOOM link: 3806269628


EVENT 1: Open Educational Resources

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Time: 7:00-8:30PM (Eastern time in the US)

Topic: Open Educational Resources: Navigating the OER Pressbooks Platform for Free Downloads

Presenter: Miao-fen Tseng 曾妙芬 (Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the Institute of World Languages, University of Virginia)

Moderator: Ran Zhao 赵冉 (Associate Professor, General Faculty, Director of the Chinese Language Program, University of Virginia)

Following the completion of the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) talk series in fall 2022, the four recorded videos are now accessible on YouTube. In this presentation, the presenter will review the essentials for creating the technology-mediated task-based course and demonstrate how teachers and students can navigate and interact with the OER platform and download materials. Units on Siheyuan and Chinese cuisine are highlighted and seamlessly connected with pre-tasks, core-tasks, and post-tasks to embody authenticity.

EVENT 2: UVA STARTALK Leaders for Tomorrow Series

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Time: 7:00-8:30PM (Eastern time in the US)

Topic: Designing Student-Centered Tasks by Using Authentic Materials

Presenters: Daphne Monroy 李佳芳 (The Haverford School)

Yan Liang梁岩 (Washington International School)

Pei-Ying Gosselin林佩颖 (The Archer School for Girls)

Pei-Chi Chuang 庄佩琪 (Jonas Clarke Middle School)

Moderator: Ziyi Geng 耿子怡 (Teaching Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University)

Four UVA STARTALK fellow teachers in the middle school group will present what they have learned and how they have applied their knowledge and skills to teach in online and in-person classroom settings. They will illustrate the design of student-centered tasks with authentic materials, showcase their students’ work, and share reflections on how to improve their lesson plans.

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023

Time: 7:00-8:30PM (Eastern time in the US)

Topic: A Case Study of Task-Based Teaching: My Dream Trip
Presenters: Hong Li李红 (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics)

Xuan Weng翁璇 (McDonogh School)

Shi Jiang蒋诗 (University School)

Junyao Wu吴君瑶 (High School for Dual Language & Asian Studies)

Huayi Lin林华一 (Castilleja School)

Moderator: Luoyi Cai 蔡罗一 (Teaching Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill)

Five high school teachers will recap their learning journey at UVA STARTALK in 2021. They will present on the design of the thematic unit, post-program teaching in local classrooms, students’ feedback, and reflections on further development of their lesson plans.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Time: 7:00-8:30PM (Eastern time in the US)

Topics: 1) Applying Task-Based Design in Teaching at an Advanced Level Using YouTube Videos 2) Creating Authenticity in Intermediate and Advanced Chinese Language Courses

Presenters: Lin Zhu 朱琳 (Director of Chinese Language Program,

Professor of Practice, Tulane University), Li Xiang 项莉 (Faculty Specialist, Western Michigan University)

Moderator: Miao-fen Tseng 曾妙芬 (Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of the Institute of World Languages; University of Virginia)

The two presentations to be delivered by the college group will include takeaways and reflections on participating in summer intensive training at 2021 UVA STARTALK. College teachers will demonstrate how to adjust lesson plans to meet the needs of local classrooms and how to transform ideals into reality in post-program teaching in fall. Recommendations for future teaching will be given at the end of the presentation.

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Time: 7:00-8:30PM (Eastern Time in the US)


Topic: Leadership at the Crux of Social Justice and Instructional Technology in World Language Education

Presenter: Kathryn Murphy-Judy (Emerita and Distinguished Career Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Moderator: Yan Gao 高燕 (Henrico County Public Schools)

As instructional technologies emerge, they have been routinely hailed as tools promoting equity, access, and inclusivity to diverse bodies of learners. Research shows, however, that such tools are only marginally successful with underrepresented and vulnerable student populations for many reasons (Ortega 2017). Indeed, emergency remote teaching (ERT) online in the wake of COVID-19 exposed the extent to which the learning outcomes of so-called minority students—whatever the systematic and negative impact of race, gender, ethnicity, ableness, neurotypicality, age, economic status, nationality has been in face-to-face classroom learning—tended to be magnified during ERT for certain groups (Adam 2020). Yet, it is not the technologies that are at fault but rather underlying biases and systemic barriers found in the imagery of learners and their communities (Anya 2021); the privileging of learning approaches and modalities designed by and for majority group learners (Rohs & Ganz 2015); limited access to appropriate and sufficient hardware, software, and broadband speed (Atski & Perrin 2021); problematic environmental conditions conducive to attention, focus, and perseverance; unsupportive social and emotional learning contexts and skills; tutoring, scaffolding, and support structures and offerings; and what is called the monolingual or English problem in computer assisted language learning (CALL) and second language acquisition (SLA) in general (Bluendgen-Kostens 2022, Ortega 2017, Sauro 2016). This session looks to problematize our thinking, practices, and technology usage in order to unleash our leadership potential in technology-enhanced world language education for a diverse, equitable, accessible, inclusive, pluricultural world.  

"Under the Table: an Anthropology of Corruption" Podcast with Sylvia Tidey

January 12, 2023

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sylvia Tidey will be releasing episodes of a new podcast she has created with her colleague, Aaron Ansell, from Virginia Tech.

The title of the podcast is "Under the Table: an Anthropology of Corruption Podcast."

The podcast is hosted by two cultural anthropologists, Drs. Aaron Ansell and Sylvia Tidey, who write about corruption and the fight against corruption in non-Western cultural settings. Their lighthearted podcast consists of interviews with fellow experts on this topic. Episode 3 focuses on Sylvia's work on civil service corruption in Indonesia.

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Krishan Kumar Organizing "Ethics and Empires" Conference at Oxford University

January 5, 2023

University Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology Krishan Kumar has a number of recent notable scholarly achievements to highlight.

On November 19, 2022, he was the discussant on the panel, "Theory and History of Empires in Eurasia: Past and Present" at the Social Science History Association Annual Conference, in Chicago.

On December 9, 2022, he presented as a speaker at the Zoom-mediated seminar, organized by Zhang Wang, discussing Ho-Fung Hung’s new book, Clash of Empires: From 'Chimerica' to the 'New Cold War.' The seminar is available on YouTube here.

Prof. Kumar has also recently submitted an article, "Max Weber, China, and the West: A Re-Assessment" to the journal Theory and Society, and has submitted a book proposal, The Chinese Empire: An Essay in Interpretation, to Princeton University Press.

Prof. Kumar is also co-organizing the conference, "Ethics and Empires," that will take place at New College, Oxford University, on June 16-17, 2023. More details on the six-year interdisciplinary project conceived by Professor Nigel Biggar and held under the auspices of the McDonald Centre can be found here.

The BRI in National Peripheries: Gwadar and the limits of outsourced development

December 1, 2022

Event: The BRI in National Peripheries: Gwadar and the limits of outsourced development

Speaker: Muhammad Tayyab Safdar 

Venue: Hosted via Zoom

Date & Time: December 5, 2022 

21:00-22:30 (Shanghai)

8:00-9:30 (New York)

17:00-18:30 (Abu Dhabi)


Event Introduction:

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an important pilot project of China's Belt & Road Initiative. Within CPEC, Gwadar in Pakistan's Balochistan province enjoys a privileged position in the development imaginaries of both Chinese and Pakistani policymakers. Even though Gwadar is central to the discourse on CPEC and development, the impact on the ground remains limited. What explains this lack of progress despite Gwadar’s privileged position within CPEC and the BRI? This paper* argues that the lack of progress in Gwadar is a function of multiple variables, including the region’s history as peripheral to Pakistan’s development imaginary, persistent violence and a growth model predicated on land speculation. Furthermore, Gwadar signifies what the paper refers to as an ‘outsourced development’ model in the BRI. In this model, Chinese actors, especially State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), take on the responsibilities of the state in providing public goods and other social services. The state within the host country further abdicates its limited role in providing peripheral regions with public goods and social services. The paper argues that although these non-state transnational actors are filling the void left by a weak domestic state, they have limited space for independent action and must work through local power structures.

*This paper is co-authored by Hammal Aslam Baloch, Director of the International Center for Refugee and Migration Studies, Assistant Professor at BUITEMS.


Tayyab Safdar completed his MPhil and PhD in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. His current research explores the emerging dynamics of South-South Development Cooperation, especially after the launch of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. His research also looks at the economic and political dimensions of increasing Chinese investment on host countries that are a part of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), focusing particularly on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Tayyab’s research has been published in the Journal of Development Studies and Energy for Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining UVA, Tayyab was a Newton Trust Post-Doctoral researcher at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. 

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Community gathering November 17

November 16, 2022

In the spirit of solidarity with all those struggling from the tragic loss of life on our university grounds, the East Asia Center would like to extend an open invitation to any who would like to join us this Thursday afternoon, November 17, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in New Cabell Hall’s conference room 162. We’ll have coffee and some light refreshments on hand as well. We welcome you to come and sit, share, or just be present. With the reverberations from this shock to our collective psyche so fresh, we want to offer whatever support we can to any who may be looking for a sense of community during this challenging time.

Dorothy Wong's edited volume Dynamics of Interregional Exchange in East Asian Buddhist Art, 5th-13th Century published by Vernon Press

November 16, 2022
Dynamics of Interregional Exchange in East Asian Buddhist Art, 5th–13th Century
Dorothy C. Wong (Ed.)

by Jinchao Zhao (NYU-Shanghai/Fudan University, China), Hong Wu (Fudan University, China), Li-kuei Chien (Independent Scholar), Dorothy C. Wong (University of Virginia, USA), Imann Lai (National Palace Museum, Taiwan), Sakiko Takahashi (Aichi Gakuin University, Japan), Clara Ma (University of Virginia, USA), Suijun Ra (Waseda University, Japan), Tamami Hamada (Yokohama University of Art and Design, Japan)

This volume examines the various patterns of trans-regional exchanges in Buddhist art within East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan) in the medieval period, from the fifth to the thirteenth centuries. A traditional approach to the study of East Asian Buddhist art revolves around the notion of an artistic relay: India was regarded as the source of inspiration for China, and China in turn influenced artistic production in the Korean peninsula and Japan. While this narrative holds some truth, it has the implicit baggage of assuming that art in the host country is only derivative and obscures a deep understanding of the complexity of transnational exchanges. The essays in this volume aim to go beyond the conventional query of tracing origins and mapping exchanges in order to investigate the agency of the “receivers” with contextual case studies that can expand our understanding of artistic dialogues across cultures.

The volume is divided into three sections. In Section I, “Transmission and Local Interpretations,” the three chapters by Jinchao Zhao, Li-kuei Chien, and Hong Wu all address topics of transnational transmission of Buddhist imagery, their figural styles, and subsequent alterations or adaptations based on local preferences and interpretations. Buddhism had important impacts on East Asian countries in the political dimension, especially when the religion and certain Buddhist sutras and deities were believed to have state-protecting properties. The chapters by Dorothy C. Wong, Imann Lai, and Clara Ma in Section II, “Buddhism and the State,” attend to the political aspect of Buddhism in visual representation. Section III, “Iconography and Traditions,” includes chapters by Sakiko Takahashi, Suijun Ra, and Tamami Hamada that closely study the cross-border transmission of and subtle variations in iconography and style of specific Buddhist deities, notably deities of esoteric strands that include the Thousand-Armed Avalokiteśvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion).  

Geshe Lobsang Nyendak speaking for UVA Tibet Center

October 31, 2022

"Transcultural Cosplay" Talk by Lori Morimoto at JICC, Embassy of Japan

October 18, 2022

Transcultural Cosplay: The Evolution of Costume Play with Dr. Lori Morimoto

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

28 OCT 2022 FRI, 6:30 PMJICC

The Japan Information & Culture Center will be hosting Dr. Lori Hitchcock Morimoto for a lecture on cosplay.

Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure), the compound word for "costume play," is a performance art where participants, or cosplayers, don costumes and accessories to portray a specific character. Japanese anime, manga, and video games are often sources of inspiration which has arguably contributed to cosplay becoming synonymous with Japanese culture on a global scale.

Dr. Morimoto will explore the transnational spread and evolution of contemporary cosplay culture, from the term cosplay’s introduction into Japanese anime fan practices, to its inclusion in global anime fan communities. Join us as Dr. Morimoto examines cosplay’s evolution as well as the meanings and practices that cosplay has come to encompass.

Dr. Lori Hitchcock Morimoto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She researches transnational media fandom and East Asian film/media co-production, distribution, and reception.

Dr. Morimoto's work has been published in East Asian Journal of Popular CultureMechademia: Second ArcTransformative Works and CulturesParticipations, and Asian Cinema. She has also contributed to the books Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (NYU Press, 2017), The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom (Routledge, 2018), A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), and Fan Studies Primer: Method, Research, Ethics (Iowa, 2021).

Dr. Morimoto currently teaches undergraduate courses on media fandom, Japanese film, East Asian transnational media, and videographic criticism.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration through Eventbrite is required. Doors open at 6:00PM. The program begins at 6:30PM. No admittance after 6:30PM or once seating is full. Please wear a mask inside of the JICC's auditorium. For our full COVID-19 policies, please click here.

Registered guests be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and in accordance with COVID guidelines the JICC is currently allowing only half-capacity in the auditorium. Registration does not guarantee a seat. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

To modify your registration, please email Your registration is not transferable.

Tracking the moon and predicting solar eclipses: A research program in early imperial China

October 17, 2022

Tracking the moon and predicting solar eclipses: A research program in early imperial China.

Thursday, 10/20 at 3:30 p.m. at 520 Edgemont Rd (National Radio Astronomy Observatory)

National Radio Astronomy Observatory and UVA Department of Astronomy Joint Colloquium with Christopher Cullen, Cambridge

"Celestial observations and calculations played a key role in the self-conception of the imperial state in pre-modern China. Successive governments over two millennia maintained and equipped specialist groups of officials whose role was to observe, record, interpret, and as far as possible predict the movements of the celestial bodies.  The official status of astronomy led to the creation of large archives of documents, some recording observations and their interpretation, some explaining methods of calculation, and others, perhaps most interestingly, recording discussions and at times formal debates on astronomical questions.  The Chinese tradition of historical writing has transmitted important parts of this material to the present day. This talk will exploit some of those documents to examine the process by which, during the first two centuries CE, Chinese astronomical experts created a solar eclipse prediction method based on detailed analysis of the moon’s motion."

The talk will be available on livestream as well:

Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order coming soon

October 5, 2022

Professor Emeritus Brantly Womack's new work Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order has been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press.  It will appear in simultaneous hardback, paperback, and electronic in 2023. The book is a result of the series of four lectures, made possible by the East Asia Center, presented last fall.  The last lecture was October 7, 2021, less than a year ago! Thanks for the series go to Dorothy Wong, and to Steve Mull, Harry Harding, Len Schoppa, and Amitav Acharya for moderating.  The lectures included commentaries by eminent Asian scholars, Wang Gungwu (Singapore), Wu Yu-Shan (Taipei), Qin Yaqing (Beijing), and Evelyn Goh (Canberra), and their written comments are included in the upcoming volume.

"Himalayan Geopolitics: Bhutan, Tibet, and Beyond"

October 3, 2022

UVA Tibet Center welcomes you to join as we host Dr. Nitasha Kaul and Dr. Dibyesh Anand from the University of Westminster for a shared talk on "Himalayan Geopolitics: Bhutan, Tibet, and Beyond" on Wednesday October 19th at 4pm in Nau 211.

Nitasha Kaul (PhD, MSc, BA Hons) is a multidisciplinary academic, novelist, poet, artist, and economist. She holds a joint doctorate in Economics and Philosophy (2003) and an MSc in Economics with a specialization in public policy (1998) from the University of Hull, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from SRCC, University of Delhi. She is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. She has previously been an Associate Professor in Creative Writing in Bhutan and an Assistant Professor in Economics at the Bristol Business School. Over the last two decades, she has published on themes concerning international relations, democracy, political economy, technology/AI, identity, rise of right-wing nationalism, feminist and postcolonial critiques, Bhutan, India and Kashmir. The Himalayas, small states, and Bhutan have been an important focus area in her work since 2006. 

Professor Dibyesh Anand is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster, UK. He is also the co-chair of University's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee as well as the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network and elected as the nominee for Staff Governor for the University's Court of Governors. He has authored monographs Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination and Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear and published a number of chapters in edited collections and articles in journals on varied topics including Tibet, China-India border dispute, Hindu nationalism, and postcolonial international relations. He is also a Visiting Professor in Politics and International Relations at New College of the Humanities in London.

"Theorizing in the Chinese Century" with Mingwei Huang

September 27, 2022

"Buddha, Shiva, Mudra" Weedon Lecture on the Arts of Asia with Janice Leoshko

September 19, 2022

Buddha, Shiva, Mudra: On Understanding the Development of Ananda Coomaraswamy

with Janice Leoshko, Associate Professor of South Asian Art, University of Texas, Austin

Thursday, October 6, 5–6 pm

UVA Harrison Small Auditorium

The transformational role of Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) in the study of South Asian culture has long drawn attention, but much about his development remains unclear. Especially not understood is how he turned to studying art and religion after he abandoned a promising scientific career. This lecture identifies his experiences in Sri Lanka where he worked as a geologist as the pivot, shaping the trajectory of his scholarly practice. The lecture also considers how the intertwined character of various influences upon him demonstrates that he was very much part of a larger world that sought a new order of things.

Janice Leoshko, PhD (The Ohio State University), 1987, teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has long focused on assumptions about the significance of artistic production at Bodhgayā, the Indian site where the Buddha achieved enlightenment (Sacred Traces: British Explorations of Buddhism in South Asia [Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003]). She also writes about the influence of museums and exhibitions, partly a result of time spent as a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recent focus on Sri Lankan art has led to her current book project on the significance of the early writings of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, which will be published by University of Chicago Press.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session 9/28

September 19, 2022

The Japanese language program will be hosting an online information session for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program on Wed., Sep. 28, from 5 to 6 pm. A JET Program Coordinator will talk about the application process, his working experience in Japan, and the support available (e.g., grants and Japanese language training) for the ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) position.  

Pre-register for this event by visiting the following site:

Fall Film Series in Hotel A

September 8, 2022

UVA's "Assessment of China's Belt and Road Initiative" Project Fall 2022 Speaker Series

August 29, 2022

6th International Seminar of Young Tibetologists

July 18, 2022

The 6th International Seminar of Young Tibetologists is being held at the University of Virginia from August 1–5th, 2022. Friends of the East Asia Center are warmly invited to attend the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the keynote addresses by Leonard van der Kuijp (Harvard University) and Department of Religious Studies PhD Candidate Ngawang Sonam (University of Virginia). Please see attached poster for further details. RSVP to by July 24th.

Summer 2022 Newsletter

July 7, 2022

Making Merit: East Asian Buddhist Material Culture of the Seventh and Eighth Centuries

May 31, 2022


Making Merit: East Asian Buddhist Material Culture of the Seventh and Eighth Centuries 

Rare Book School – NEH-GBHI Lecture 

Date: Monday, June 6 2022

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Dome Room, UVA Rotunda

Lecturer: Dorothy C. Wong - Professor of East Asian Art, Department of Art History, University of Virginia


As Buddhism spread broadly across East Asia during the seventh and eighth centuries, the rich records of Buddhist material culture from that period demonstrate the use of a broad range of materials and a variety of methods in producing devotional and ritual artifacts. These include sculptures in wood, metal, stone, dry lacquer, and two-dimensional images and Buddhist narratives on wall murals, silk, paper, and embroideries. Buddhist sacred texts were translated into Chinese and copied. A key teaching in Mahāyāna Buddhism, the form of Buddhism that prevailed in East Asia, advocates devotional acts, such as the making of images, recitation of Buddha names or copying of sutras to accrue merit for the next life or to transfer the merit to others. Devotees and donors of a broad social background commissioned whatever they could afford to express their piety through image-making or copying of Buddhist sūtras. Such a desire to dedicate vast quantities of images and texts contributed to innovations in techniques that were pre-cursors to mass production and printing. This talk examines the religious and cultural milieu of the period, with a focus on the practices and evidence of efforts to mass produce Buddhist images as well as texts.

Making Merit: East Asian Buddhist Material Culture of the Seventh and Eighth Centuries – NEH-GBHI Lecture | Rare Book School

Promoting Kindness, Community, and an Exploration of Imperfection to Enhance Learning

May 11, 2022

In 2021 Associate Professor of Chinese Ran Zhao joined the inaugural Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning with an aim to help students overcome obstacles to new language acquisition and to foster an atmosphere wherein students could practice with authenticity and self-acceptance. Co-facilitated by Karolyn Kinane of the Contemplative Sciences Center and Dorothe Bach, of the Center for Teaching Excellence, the second annual institute will be held August 8-12, 2022. Please find the feature story on the institute at the Contemplative Sciences Center's webpage here.

The Tactile and Playful World of Tang Fashion

April 14, 2022

BuYun Chen, Associate Professor of History at Swarthmore College, will be delivering the Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture on the Arts of Asia "The Tactile and Playful World of Tang Fashion," Thursday, April 14, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST.

Professor Chen is the author of Empire of Style: Silk and Fashion in Tang China (University of Washington Press, 2019). Her current research explores the relationship between craft production and statecraft practices in the independent Ryukyu Kingdom (modern-day Okinawa, Japan) from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. She is an external faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center this academic year.

To register for the online talk, please visit

Zainichi Koreans and Post-imperial Japan through the Lens of Chongryon

April 5, 2022

The UVA Language Commons Speaker Series, "Race and Society in Global Contexts," will be hosting a talk by Dr. Sayaka Chatani, Assistant Professor of History at the National University of Singapore, "Zainichi Koreans and Post-imperial Japan through the Lens of Chongryon."

The event will be held online via Zoom: April 12, 7:00pm ET

Register here:


Tibetan Women Writing Symposium

April 5, 2022

Tibetan Women Writing Symposium 

༄༅། ། གངས་ཅན་སྐྱེས་མས་རྩོམ་རིག་གླེང་བ།

This symposium focuses on exploring and celebrating the recent emergence of Tibetan female writers in their Himalayan homelands and in the broader global diaspora. Prominent Tibetan authors from across the globe will come to Charlottesville to share their creative essays, short stories, memoirs, and poems in person. The symposium is a public event featuring readings of their original works, including translation, as well as scholarly discussions of their compositions with scholars from across North America and Europe.  

This symposium is generously supported by the Page-Barbour funds, the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation, the Tibet Center, the East Asia Center, Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, the Race, Religion, and Democracy Lab, and the Department of Religious Studies at University of Virginia. 

Please find the full event program and more details here:

A border, a bazaar, and a port: Parsing BRI from a distant corner in Asia

February 15, 2022

National Chengchi University Foreign Exchange Info Session

February 8, 2022


Interested students, please join the International Studies Office for an information session about opportunities to study abroad in Taiwan. Professor Syaru Shirley Lin and Professor Harry Harding will be available to share information about National Chengchi University in Taiwan at the session.

Information Session: UVA Exchange: National Chengchi University

Wednesday, February 23, 5-6pm

Hotel A Conference Room

Join us in person or via Zoom


Visit the program brochure for more details.