Tag Archives: china

Prof. Shepherd Checks In

6 Jul

While Professor Shepherd is away in China on a grand adventure with some venturesome students, he recently sent us this quick snapshot from the field.

GWU students from left: Taylor Humphreys, Andrea Freeman, Mike Wolf, Stephon Woods, Melanie Stempher and Rachel Runnels with Professor Shepherd on a visit to Norba's tent on the Tibetan grasslands near Labrang, Ganus Province, elevation about 10,500 feet.

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Prof. Shepherd on the Modern Scholar Blog

16 Apr

Professor Shepherd

Check out Prof. Shepherd over at the Modern Scholar blog talking about the culturally subversive “soft” rebellion in China.  What’s the political significance of film and music?

Read more about it at the blog article here, or you can dive right in and listen to the podcast.

Travel in cultural Tibet this summer for credit!

5 Mar

Professor Shepherd will lead this one-credit field research program experience from May 29th to June 18th, 2010. Students will spend several days in Beijing visiting cultural sites in and around the city such as the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. After traveling by train to Lanzhou, they’ll travel overland through the Amdo and Kham regions of historic Tibet. Stop at the Tibetan pilgrimage town of Xiahe, site of Labrang Monastery, a key intellectual center for the Gelukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Then continue by road to the Tibetan towns of Langmusi and Songpan via Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks. Throughout, you’ll have access to expert knowledge of ethnicity, identity and social change on china’s cultural frontiers. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


The research fee of approximately $2,240 covers all lodging in China, local transportation in Beijing and in the field, rail and flight tickets within the country, admission fees to cultural sites, most meals, supplementary insurance, and all costs associated with the overland travel package.
Space is extremely limited, so apply now! Some of the journey will be rough, so applicants should be in good physical shape.

For more information contact:
Dr. Robert Shepherd [Anthropology Department]; rshepher@gwu.edu
Program Blog: chinaborderlands@blogspot.com

GWU Study-Abroad Application: http://studyabroad.gwu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=0600717D4F767005010172000E1F04010D0F1B010E08066B7200720E740175060673077377740A73&Type=O&sType=O


Free Chinese Food @ NatGeo’s Year of the Tiger Festival

26 Jan

A lot of you UHP students have seen the amazing Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit at the National Geographic museum.  Now NatGeo is hosting a pretty cool looking free festival that includes

  • FREE P.F. Chiang’s food
  • Film Screenings
  • Table Tennis
  • Martial Arts
  • And more…

Also, if you haven’t seen the Terra Cotta exhibit yet, this festival may be your ticket to winning free tickets.

Read all about it here.

And if you go, let us know!

Go to China! (And get academic credit for it)

15 Oct

Go See THIS.

Go See THIS.

Are you interested in experiencing rural China and historic Tibet this spring? If so, sign up for Dr. Shepherd’s course, “Ethnicity, Identity and Social Change on China ’s Cultural Frontiers” [ANTH 175.81] for the spring semester. This four credit course will focus on how minority peoples in China have fared in the midst of the PRC’s rapid economic and social changes. Immediately following the end of the spring semester, the class will travel to China, where we will visit Beijing and then travel by train to Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province in the Northwest After arrival we will join a Tibetan adventure travel company for a ten day overland trip to Chengdu, in Sichuan province. Along the way we will visit Tibetan monastery towns, Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, and the grasslands and mountains of the Tibetan plateau. The trip will last for three weeks, from May 23rd until June 13th. A field study fee of approximately $1,900 covers all lodging, local transportation and admission fees in China, most meals, and all costs associated with the overland tour. Best of all, there is no tuiti on charge, because you will have already registered for a fourth credit in the spring semester.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Shepherd at rshepher@gwu.edu, or stop by his office at 2110 G Street, room 303.