At the recommendation of the ACMS, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj will give a special lecture at the University of Pennsylvania at 4:00pm on Friday, September 23rd, 2016. The University of Pennsylvania houses the ACMS US office, and is an emerging center for Mongolian Studies in North America.
ACMS Members and friends can attend the lecture at Jon Huntsman Hall (3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia) for free. Please contact ACMS US Director David Dettmann by Friday Sep. 9 for special reserved tickets. Email the number of tickets and names of guests attending to:email@example.com.
President Elbegdorj will be welcomed to Philadelphia by Mayor Jim Kenney, Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Joe Pitts (Chair of the US-Mongolia Friendship Caucus) and other dignitaries. He will attend a concert given by the Philadelphia Orchestra, which will be visiting Ulaanbaatar on a special tour in summer 2017, the first US orchestra to visit Mongolia. President Elbegdorj will then give a special lecture at 4:00pm at the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the opening of the Perry World House, a global exchange center on campus, and in recognition of the role of the ACMS and University of Pennsylvania in fostering Mongolian Studies.
The US office of the ACMS is housed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies, and has developed several outreach activities and educational programs focused on Mongolia. The University of Pennsylvania has long been home to faculty with deep interests in Mongolia, and Mongolian Studies at the university received a significant boost in June 2016 with the hiring of Professor Christopher Atwood, who is widely recognized as an authority on Mongolian history, in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
The ACMS is working to develop new Mongolia focused outreach efforts and academic opportunities at Penn and other member institutions. In summer 2016 the ACMS organized and hosted an NEH Summer Institute on Modern Mongolia for 23 US university and college faculty members, and the ACMS has organized and led study tours for Penn students and faculty from a variety of departments. The ACMS is the largest Mongolian Studies organization in North America, offering fellowships to US students and faculty for research work in Mongolia, regular regular conferences and presentations in the US and Mongolia, and training and exchange support for Mongolian scholars and institutions.
President Elbegdorj’s speech is open to ACMS members and friends, but registration is required. Please email ACMS US Director David Dettmann by Friday Sep. 9 for special reserved tickets. Email the number of tickets and names of guests attending to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lecture will be held starting at 4:00pm at Jon Huntsman Hall (3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia), although be mindful that there will be a security check prior to entering the venue. Please contact David Dettmann with further questions.