The Weatherhead East Asian Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Tibetan Culture at Columbia University website. The website is the product of over a decade of student projects, brought together in a single space with the support of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Columbia University.
Most of the sites featured on the Tibetan Culture page represent individual student projects in the Tibetan Civilization course that is offered once each year at Columbia. Students in the course wrote an object biography to tell the story of a Tibetan artifact through a careful analysis of the object and an engagement with relevant sources about this aspect of Tibetan material history. Students also completed final projects exploring aspects of Tibetan culture ranging from music, movies and art to explorations of Tibet in New York City (food, museums, mediation centers). The best projects from the last several years (many utilizing the CTL’s Mediathread tool) are posted here. Additional sites were generated by entire classes working together over the course of a semester or even across several years, mostly using Wikischolar websites. These include many timelines (chronologies of biographical writing, travel in Tibet, interactions with China, etc.) as well as several fascinating mapping projects.
Website Credits: Heidi Neilson, website design; Tucker Harding & Andre Laboy, technical support through the Center for Teaching and Learning