Catlin Gabel teacher to speak on Tibetan resistance to China

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Mar 23, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nadine Fielder

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Catlin Gabel teacher to speak on Tibetan resistance to China

David Ellenberg presents “Committed to Survival,” the 2006 Esther Dayman Strong Lecture

David Ellenberg, Middle School global studies teacher at Catlin Gabel School, will speak on the struggle of the Tibetan people to reclaim their homeland on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Cabell Center on the school campus, 8825 SW Barnes Rd. The event, this year’s Esther Dayman Strong Lecture, is free and open to the public.

David Ellenberg has a longstanding, heartfelt connection with Tibet. He sees the Tibetan crisis as a powerful example of a people’s desire for independence. The people of Tibet tenaciously cling to their status as a nation in the face of a potentially insurmountable threat from China. Ellenberg, the first faculty member to be chosen as an Esther Dayman Strong Lecturer, received support from Catlin Gabel for a summer journey to the remote Tibetan Buddhist enclave of Mustang, within Nepal, to deepen his understanding of this rich culture. He will discuss the origins of his connection with Tibet and the personal and political dimensions of the resistance of the Tibetan people to Chinese rule.

The Esther Dayman Strong Lectureship in the Humanities was created in 1987 by the Catlin Gabel School board of trustees. The board wished to establish a living memorial to the human and academic values Esther Strong nurtured throughout her life, and especially as principal of the Catlin-Hillside School from 1944 to 1958. This year the lecture honors Esther Dayman Strong’s legacy of lifelong learning by paying tribute to the intellectual excellence demonstrated daily by Catlin Gabel’s own faculty members. Former Esther Dayman Strong Lecturers include film critic Kenneth Turan, Mercy Corps executive Neal Keny-Guyer, and writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson.