ACMS Virtual Panel Series: “Francis Woodman Cleaves” July 14, 9am EDT; 1pm GMT; 9pm ULAT

Title: Francis Woodman Cleaves (Premieres on ACMS YouTube and Facebook channels)
Date: July 14, 6am PDT; 9am EDT; 1pm GMT; 9pm ULAT

Our July Virtual Panel is a special episode in celebration of the 110th birth anniversary of the late Mongolist Francis Woodman Cleaves. The presentations of the three speakers were pre-recorded and subtitled in both English and Mongolian. The event also aims to raise funds for the further activities of Cleaves Collection Digitization Project!

The three presentations are:

  • The Mongolian Studies works of F.W. Cleaves” by Dr. Tumurtogoo Domii, International Association of Mongolian Studies, NUM; Institute of Language and Literature, Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
  • The Professor I knew: His Legacy as a Scholar” by Dr. Christopher Atwood, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania.
  • The Life of Cleaves as Seen Through Some Items in His Library” by Dr. Saruul-Erdene Myagmar, Asian and Middle Eastern Division, U.S. Library of Congress.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Prof. and Academician Tumurtogoo Domii is well known for his work in early Mongolian linguistics, and the study of ancient inscriptions. He has worked for the MSUE, NUM, and MAS, as a lecturer, Chairman, and member of the Academic Board, respectively. He has had visiting professorships at universities in India, Japan, and Germany. He’s also an honorary professor at 5 universities in Mongolia and China. The journals where he has served as editor or member of the editorial board, include, Scripta, Altai Hakpo, Mongolica Pragensia, and many others. He has been serving as a senior scholar at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and the International Association of Mongolian Studies.


Dr. Christopher P. Atwood (A.B. Harvard University, 1986; Ph.D. 1994, Indiana University) is a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches the history of Mongolia and the Inner Asian borderlands of China. His research ranges from the Mongol empire to the early twentieth century, with a focus on ethnicity, state-building, and ideology. Major works include Young Mongols and Vigilantes in Inner Mongolia’s Interregnum Decades (2002), Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire (2004), and Rise of the Mongols: Five Chinese Sources (2021). He is currently working on a new translation of the Secret History of the Mongols to be published by Penguin.


Dr. Saruul-Erdene (Мягмар Саруул-Эрдэнэ) has a PhD in Linguistics and works as Mongolian Specialist/Librarian in the Asian & Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress. He is also the Special Correspondent of the Daily News (Oedriin Sonin) in Washington D.C. and is a board member of the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS). He has previously been a Mongolian Language Instructor at the Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State (2007-2019); Visiting Scholar at Indiana University (2002-2007); and Lecturer at the Mongolian State University of Education (1994-2002).

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