Subject: ACMS/Mongolia events the University of Pennsylvania, Sept 22-23, Visit by President Elbegdorj

Dear ACMS members and friends,

The ACMS will be co-sponsoring the following events at the University of Pennsylvania next week. Members and friends are invited to take part. All locations are on the Penn campus in Philadelphia.

Thursday, September 22nd, 6-8pm, Amado Recital Hall of Irvine Auditorium
Capstone reception for "A Tale of Two Capitals" program

In May 2016, a Penn short term study abroad program called "A Tale of Two Capitals" brought together 8 Penn students from very different fields to focus on issues in development in Ulaanbaatar and Beijing. The trip was co-directed by David Dettmann of the ACMS, and one week of that trip was based at the ACMS office in Ulaanbaatar, where students met with academics, diplomats, and business and non-profit professionals working in development in Mongolia. Next Thursday evening (September 22nd) we will be holding a public capstone event to showcase their projects. You are welcome to join the event, at Irvine Auditorium in the Amado Recital Hall (3401 Spruce St, Philadelphia), from 6-8pm. Food and light beverages will be provided.

Friday, September 23rd, 2-3pm, 842 Williams Hall
ACMS meet-and-greet
(prior to President Elbegdorj’s lecture)
If you are planning to come out to see President Elbegdorj's lecture at Penn (see below), be sure to come early to give yourself time to get through security. If you can come by 2pm, please consider coming to meet other ACMS members and friends beforehand! We will be in 842 Williams Hall (255 S. 36th St--inside the office of East Asian Languages and Civilizations on 8th floor of Williams and just a short walk from the President's venue) with coffee/tea/light refreshments. It will be a nice time to meet past ACMS fellows and friends, and to reminisce about Mongolia. Students and friends interested in Mongolia are welcome. Afterward we can over to Huntsman together for the President's lecture, where our ACMS group will have a section of seats. Please let me know if you'd like to join this meeting so I have some idea of how many to plan for.

Friday, September 23rd, 4pm, G06 Hunstman Hall
istinguished lecture by President of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

President Elbegdorj’s lecture, which will be hosted by Penn's School of Arts and Sciences Dean Steven J. Fluharty and Perry World House Director William Burke-White and co-presented with the ACMS and the Center for East Asian Studies, is titled “Mongolia, Oasis of Democracy: the Path from Closed to Open Society. The lecture venue is G06 Huntsman Hall (Dhirubhai Ambani Auditorium), 3730 Walnut St, Philadelphia, and doors open at 4pm. Pre-registration is required; those who do not register in advance will not be permitted to enter. If you did not register with me last week, seats may still be available but need to be reserved directly through Perry World House using this link. A reception with President Elbegdorj will follow the lecture on the 8th Floor of Huntsman Hall and light refreshments will be served.

President Elbegdorj was invited to Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Orchestra's President and CEO Allison Vulgamore, and his day in Philadelphia will celebrate and anticipate The Philadelphia Orchestra’s planned trip to Mongolia for two concerts in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar in June as part of the Orchestra’s 2017 Asia Tour and Residency. At various events on September 23, participation is expected from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, members of the U.S. Congressional delegation from Pennsylvania, as well as state elected officials from Philadelphia. President Elbegdorj's lecture at Penn is in conjunction with the opening of the Perry World House, a global exchange center on Penn's campus, and in recognition of the role of the ACMS and University of Pennsylvania in fostering Mongolian Studies. For more information about the President's visit to Philadelphia, please see the story on the ACMS website.

David, ACMS
American Center for Mongolian Studies, 642 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
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