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WWC religious studies professor awarded Ping Fellowship

Contact: Tsering Wangchuk

Tsering Wangchuk, a religious studies professor at Warren Wilson College, has won a competitive Ping Faculty Development Fellowship from the Council of International Educational Exchange. Wangchuk will participate in a summer 2010 program in Tibet titled, “Religion, Ecology, and Identity in Tibet.”

Although Wangchuk teaches Tibetan Buddhism and speaks fluent Tibetan, he has never actually been to Tibet. He is an American citizen of Tibetan descent, raised in India. His participation in this program will enhance his courses on Tibetan Religions and Cultures and Pilgrimages and Sacred Spaces in Asia. He hopes the program also will help him develop a new course on Buddhist Monasticism.

While in Tibet, Wangchuk also expects to make continuing contacts with local scholars and religious figures who would enhance his teaching, scholarship, role in fostering undergraduate student exchanges and ability to direct a future study-abroad course in Tibet for Warren Wilson students.

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