Friday, March 11, 2005

Lokvani Talks To Dr. Leonard Van Der Kuijp

LokVani- Ranjani Saigal: "Professor van der Kuijp is Chairman of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies and Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at Harvard University. He worked at the Nepal Research Center, Universität Berlin, and University of Washington before joining the Harvard Faculty in July 1995.

His research focuses primarily on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhist intellectual history, and Tibetan-Mongol and Tibetan-Chinese relations. His books include Still in Search of Dharma: Indian and Ceylonese Travellers in Fifteenth Century Tibet, Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism and contributions to the Development of Tibetan Buddhist Epistemology from the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries. He has been instrumental in restoring Tibetan manuscripts and making efforts to create a socio-cultural history of the Himalayan area including India, Nepal and Tibet.

Professor van der Kuijp received his M.A. from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, and his PhD from the Universität Hamburg, Germany. In 1993, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

The Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies has an outreach program which hosts lectures of academic and cultural interest to the extended Harvard community. The outreach effort is convened by Dr. Bijoy Misra, and is held on the second Saturday afternoons at Harvard Science Center. The lectures began in the Spring of 1995 and an Annual India Poetry reading was added in 1997. As part of the outreach effort, Dr. Kuijp will be speaking at Harvard University Science Center(Hall A), located at 1 Oxford Street in Cambridge.on March 12th at 3:00 pm."

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