TEXT Program

The TEXT (Tibetans in EXile Today) Program at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is run in conjunction with the Fulbright College Honors Program and the Study Abroad Office, TEXT began in the summer of 2008 an oral history project designed to gather and record the stories of Tibetans who are currently living in exile in India.

The Dalai Lama with University of Arkansas students, Geshe Dorjee, and Sidney Burris, who met him while they were in India researching the lives of Tibetans in exile.

Led by TCIA founders Geshe Thupten Dorjee, and Professor Sidney Burris, Director of the Fulbright College Honors Program and Religious Studies, our students travel to monasteries in Mondgod and Dharamsala where they interview and photograph the monks who escaped Tibet in 1959.  Our intention is to preserve the stories and images of this complex and important culture by constructing an online archive that will eventually make these records available to scholars, historians, students, and all of those who are interested in the history and culture of Tibet.

For more information, visit the TEXT web site and/or the University of Arkansas Study Abroad web site.