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Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2008

IU faculty roundtable to focus on the crisis in Tibet

March 20, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four Indiana University scholars will participate Saturday in a roundtable discussion, "The Crisis in Tibet."

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in room 003 of Ballantine Hall on the IU Bloomington campus. The public is invited.

Over the last week, events in Tibet have focused international attention on the simmering discontent among the Tibetan population in the Tibet Autonomous Region and other part of the People's Republic of China. The IU experts will lead a wide-ranging discussion of the events, their causes and their implications for China, Tibet and the international community.

Participants will include:

  • Sumit Ganguly, the Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indian cultures and civilizations, professor of political science, director of the India Studies Institute and research director of the Center for American and Global Security;
  • Scott Kennedy, director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business and an associate professor in IU's East Asian languages and cultures and political science departments;
  • Gedun Rabsal, a lecturer in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies;
  • Elliot Sperling, associate professor of Central Eurasian studies

IU's Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center has extensive background information about Tibet available online at