The Land of Genghis Khan: A Trip through Mongolia

November 1, 2012

Chapin in front of the Erden Zuu Monastery in Karakorum, one of the oldest surviving monasteries in Mongolia

Fulton-Montgomery Community College Fine Arts Professor Joel Chapin will give an illustrated talk about his summer 2012 trip across the little known country of Mongolia on Tuesday, November 13. Chapin will talk about his three week, 1,100-mile trek across the steppes, forests, and deserts of Mongolia by four-wheel drive vehicle, horse, and camel back.

Mongolia is a country that was isolated from the west until the early 1990’s. It is a vast and beautiful land that few travelers have experienced. After 70 years of Soviet influence, the country had never lost its ancient traditions and rich cultural identity, but is now poised on the brink of huge economic and social change brought about by the recent discovery of some of the richest mineral deposits on earth.

During his travels, Chapin met nomadic herders, attended the famous Nadam festival, and saw the world as how it had looked in a pre-industrial age. Chapin will also talk about the world changing history of the Mongol people, the rebuilding of ancient Buddhist monasteries, and of the rebirth of traditional Mongol cultural arts, as well as the natural resources of the country.

The discussion will take place in the Large Lounge of FM’s College Union during Common Hour from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. and again in the evening at 7:00 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.

For further details, contact Chapin at 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8977.


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