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1/27/2005 Experts on Tibet to speak at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Current challenges faced by the citizens of Tibet will be the focus of an upcoming video and discussion at Linfield College.

Pam Logan, executive director of the Kham Aid Foundation, and David Bleyle, former U.S. Consul General in China, will present "Tibet: Current Challenges" on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

The video presentation and discussion will look at the status of Buddhism in Tibet, human rights conditions and the role of the media and nongovernmental organizations. Discussion will also focus on the Khampa culture in Western Sichuan Province and the ancient Khampa Kingdom of Derge. The program is jointly sponsored by the Linfield College Office of International Programs and the NW China Council, through the generosity of the Oregon Council for the Humanities.

Logan is the founder and executive director of the Kham Aid Foundation, which provides assistance to the people of the eastern Tibetan plateau. Kham Aid’s current programs include art conservation at two monastic sites, assistance for rural schools and the publication of Tibetan language books. She has also worked as a project scientist for the Silk Road Project of the China Exploration and Research Society. Logan has a doctorate in aerospace science from Stanford University and a BS and MS from the California Institute of Technology.

Bleyle served in the U.S. Foreign Service in several countries, including Taiwan and China. His China tours included three terms at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, culminating with three years as Embassy Counselor for Environment, Science and Technology. In January 2001 he was posted to China for his final tour as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan province. The Consular District included Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Tibet provinces and the autonomous municipality of Chongqing.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the International Programs Office at 503-883-2222.