Circle of Enlightenment: Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala

The Spirit of Tibet: Portrait of a Culture in Exile
Slide lecture by Alison Wright

Alison Wright, a freelance journalist based in San Francisco, specializes in documenting the traditions and changes of endangered people in remote areas around the world. Her work includes photo essays on medicinal healers in the Amazon rainforests, the hill tribes of South East Asia, Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, Burmese refugees in Thailand, Marco Polo's footsteps across the Silk Road of China and Pakistan, as well as life in the outback of Australia, where she lived for two years. Wright also leads photographic/cultural tours to Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan for Geographic Expeditions.

Based in Nepal for four years while documenting the plight of children for UNICEF and various other aid organizations, Wright was the 1993 recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in documentary photography for her photographs of child labor in Asia. Since then, she has lived with exiled Tibetans in Nepal and India for over a decade, recording their culture and the challenges that exile has brought. Based on this work, Wright received her Master's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she created her own program in Visual Anthropology and now teaches workshops.

Her lecture will discuss her photography work which document the Tibetan settlements throughout India and Nepal and how the refugees have managed to maintain their culture as it evolves and flourishes in exile from their occupied homeland.

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