Owen Lattimore – Oct 23, 6:00 am (PST) 9:00 am (EST) 2:00 pm (GMT+1) 9:00 pm (ULAT)

Title: Owen Lattimore, the Mongolist (Register here)
Date: Oct 23, 6:00am PST; 9:00am EST; 2:00pm GMT+1; 9:00pm ULAT

The October Virtual Speaker Series panel session will be on the renowned Mongolist Owen Lattimore, with speakers Dr. Caroline Humphrey, Dr. Judith Nordby, Dr. Saruul-Erdene Myagmar, and Mr. Evan Lattimore, and moderated by Dr. Marissa Smith. Dr. Humphrey will present about remembering La Bagsh as a teacher; Dr. Nordby’s presentation is “Lattimore’s work and legacy in Mongolian Studies at Leeds”; Dr. Saruul-Erdene will speak about “Mongols in America: Owen Lattimore as the founder of Mongolian studies in the US”; and Mr. Lattimore will present about Owen Lattimore’s family history in China, England, USA and Mongolia.

Please note that this panel session will be held on Zoom, and later uploaded to the ACMS YouTube channel. You can get the link to join the Zoom session by signing up for our mailing list via the link below: (The Zoom link will be automatically sent to your email.)

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Dr. Caroline Humphrey is an anthropologist who has researched a wide range of themes, including Soviet and post-Soviet provincial economy and society; Buryat and Daur shamanism; Jain religion and ritual; trade and barter in Nepal; environment and the pastoral economy in Mongolia; and the history and contemporary situation of Buddhism, especially in Inner Mongolia. Currently she is completing a project on sociopolitical interactions on the Russian-Mongolian-Chinese border. Her most recent books are A Monastery in Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism (2013) and Trust and Mistrust in the Economies of the China-Russia Borderlands (2018).

Dr. Judith Nordby is former Head of Mongolian Studies, and is now Honorary Fellow in Mongolian Studies at the University of Leeds, England. She works on Mongolian history and contemporary affairs and undertakes consultancy work on the same.

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).

Evan Lattimore was born in New York City and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. A classically trained percussionist, Evan graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1981, and went on to earn a masters degree in music education. For the past forty years Evan has traveled throughout New England and New York State performing as a percussionist and timpanist with symphony orchestras, choruses, and musical theaters. Since 1994, Evan has taught music at the Central Tree Middle School in Rutland, Massachusetts. There he teaches band, chorus, guitar and piano classes. Evan has taught courses at Brown University and Atlantic Union College, and served on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Youth Orchestras for ten years. Evan and his wife Jane lived with Owen Lattimore in the final years of his life in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In 2008 Evan traveled to Ulaanbaatar and the Gobi to attend the Owen Lattimore Conference at the American Center for Mongolian Studies.



3 thoughts on “Owen Lattimore – Oct 23, 6:00 am (PST) 9:00 am (EST) 2:00 pm (GMT+1) 9:00 pm (ULAT)”

  1. Like E. Lattimore, I thoroughly enjoyed the August 2008 ACMS conference. Part of my presentation focused on the archival materials at Johns Hopkins University and at the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress.

    At the Oct. 23, 2020 VSS, Dr. Myagmar may touch on the Owen Lattimore papers held at the Library of Congress. A good point for discussion can be how this collection can be more widely used by researchers. (I found the handwritten notebooks, correspondence (even Christmas greetings!), etc. fascinating.) One can view the 27-page listing of all contents here:

    I also hope Dr. Humphrey and Dr. Nordby will include the roles of Urgunge Onon and John G. Hangin in furthering generations of scholars and scholarship (such as themselves).

    Warm regards!

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