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Tonight! Shadow Tibet: A Conversation with Jamyang Norbu & Tenzing Rigdol

Tonight at 7 p.m. in EPB 107 (251 West Iowa Avenue) the International Writing Program and the University of Iowa Museum of Art will host Shadow Tibet: A Conversation with Jamyang Norbu & Tenzing Rigdol. This unique opportunity to hear from and engage with Tibetan writer Jamyang Norbu and Tibetan visual artist Tenzing Rigdol will include a reading by Norbu, commentary by Rigdol about his recent projects. Both artists will address questions specific to their artistic practice and, more broadly, about the role of Tibetan artists in exile.

Jamyang Norbu is an accomplished novelist, playwright, nonfiction writer, and activist. He blogs for Shadow Tibet, and Huffington Post. He is also the author of three essay collections on Tibetan politics and culture, Illusion and Reality, Shadow Tibet, and Buying the Dragon's Teeth. While directing the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamshala, Norbu wrote plays as well as a traditional Tibetan opera libretto; he is the editor of, and contributor to, the volume Performing Traditions of Tibet. A founding director of the Tibetan Centre for Advanced Studies (the Amnye Machen Institute), Norbu has edited the Institute's journal of history and culture, Lungta, and its newspaper Mangtso.

Tenzing Rigdol's artistic practices include painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, digital media, video installations, and site-specific performance pieces. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, as well as in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Israel, Tokyo, Madrid and Mumbai; his artwork is held in museums and collections worldwide. He is also the author of the poetry volumes “R”—the Frozen Ink, Anatomy of Nights, and Butterfly’s Wings.

The residencies of both artists are sponsored by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and the event is free and open to the public. As ever, Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the International Writing Program in advance at (319) 335-2817.



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