Professor Goldstein awarded E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize for 2022 (February 2022)

Professor Melvyn C. Goldstein has been awarded the Association for Asian Studies’ 2022 E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize for his 2019 book: A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 4: In the Eye of the Storm, 1957-1959  (University of California Press, 2019).

The E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize “honors outstanding and innovative scholarship across disciplines and country of specialization for a book on Inner Asia.” The award statement from the Association for Asian Studies states:

In this massive tome, the fourth and final volume in Mel Goldstein’s magisterial History of Modern Tibet, the author unfolds the events that led to the Lhasa Uprising of 1959, and what Goldstein calls the “End of Old Tibet.” Goldstein ably demonstrates that the decisions undertaken by the major political actors of the era, including the Dalai Lama, Mao Zedong, and many others, ultimately generated an outcome that no one really wanted. Goldstein’s meticulous handling of an impressive range of actors in this distressing drama, including Tibetans, Chinese, and Americans, leaves the reader and the specialist not only with much to think about, but also with many new available materials to explore further. The author’s nuanced and unprejudiced descriptions and analyses rely on an unprecedented wealth of primary sources in multiple languages (primarily Tibetan and Chinese), both oral and written, collected over many years, and overcoming countless challenges, many of them also available online through the Tibetan Oral History Archive Project. With this volume, Goldstein has achieved a remarkable feat.

Dr. Goldstein receives Distinguished University Professorship (August 2020)

Congratulations to Professor Melvyn Goldstein on being named a Distinguished University Professor! This is a much deserved honor for his exemplary career. Congratulations!

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Dr. Jill Korbin stepping down as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (January 2020)

Dr. Jill Korbin, Leffingwell Professor of Anthropology stepped down as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, after serving for 18 years. She will be on sabbatical in Spring 2020 but will return as a full time faculty member in the Anthropology Department in Fall 2020. During her time as Associate Dean, Dr. Korbin continued her research and scholarship, including serving on doctoral committees and supervising undergraduate capstone projects. She also served as Director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies, until December 2019, and continues as Senior Advisor. She co-directs the Childhood Studies Program. She served as President of the Psychological Anthropology from 2017 to 2019. We look forward to welcoming her back and thank her for her service to the university, the college, and the profession.

Dr. Lee Hoffer participated in Research-to-Policy program (January 2020)

Dr. Lee Hoffer traveled to Washington, DC in December 2019 as part of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) to meet with lawmakers interested in crafting legislation on substance use / abuse policy.

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Professor Melvyn Goldstein publishes new volumes on Tibetan history (January 2020)

Dr. Melvyn Goldstein published a Chinese edition of volume 3 of his seminal history of the modern Tibet. He also published volume 4, covering the critical years of 1957-1959. Goldstein, an international authority on Tibetan history and culture, is co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet.

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Dr. Lawrence Greksa retires as Department Chair (July 2019)

Dr. Lawrence Greksa stepped down as chair of the Anthropology Department as of July 1, 2019, returning to teaching and research full time. He will be on sabbatical in Spring 2020, but will return again to teaching in Fall 2020.