Thursday, October 30, 2008

Education in Exile

On Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m., the library will welcome back a former staffer, Carolyn White, now of UNH Manchester, who will share the story of her 2007 sojourn among the Tibetan refugees in India.

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 followed their leader into exile.

In 2007, Carolyn spent a 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.

The program is free and open to all. Seating is limited and registration is recommended. Save your seat by calling 424-5021 or emailing the library.

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