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Speaker to talk about experiences with Tibet exiles

October 23, 2008

The Citizen of Laconia
October 22, 2008

LACONIA -- Last year, Carolyn White spent a unique sabbatical abroad
and at 7 p.m. tonight she will speak at the Laconia Public Library
about her experiences. Her talk is titled "Education in Exile:
Teaching in a Tibetan Refugee Community in the Himalayas."

When the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet in 1959, he settled in
Dharamsala, a hill station in the Himalayan foothills of northern India.

Dharamsala is now the center of a vibrant Tibetan refugee community.
It is the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and home to
thousands of Tibetans who have escaped political and religious
oppression in their homeland and followed their leader into exile.

In 2007, White, who is librarian at the University of New Hampshire
at Manchester, spent a six-month sabbatical living and working in
Dharamsala, where she taught English to Tibetan refugees and
experienced firsthand their ancient, rich and tragically threatened culture.

During her stay in Dharamsala, White braved monsoon downpours and
roaming livestock to get to language class, learned about the rules
of cricket from sports-crazy monks, studied Buddhist philosophy with
a respected lama and discovered that ultimately her Tibetan students
were the true teachers.
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