Subject: Annual ACMS Fundraising Letter

Annual ACMS Fundraising Letter
ACMS Program Highlight from 2018

2018 marks the final year of the three-year Cultural Heritage Program (CHP), funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and implemented by ACMS. As ACMS Cultural Heritage Coordinator, Dr. Julia Clark has provided important leadership and is recognized for her work in understanding Mongolia's fragile cultural heritage and promoting new ways to help preserve it.

Working with other ACMS staff and the National Museum of Mongolia, Julia organized a reception to recognize the work of CHP in June 2018, followed by a major Cultural Heritage Conference involving more than 20 presentations by scholars from multiple countries. Julia's well received op-ed on threats to Mongolia's cultural heritage, initially posted on the blog "Conversation," was later also published by the Smithsonian. So far, more than 38,000 people have accessed the article.

Dear Friend of ACMS:

During this holiday season, I want to reach out to the ACMS membership as well as "Friends of Mongolia" more broadly to ask for your help in supporting ACMS and its programs. Your support is crucial in preserving and maintaining a vibrant ACMS presence in Mongolia; strengthening academic relations between the United States and Mongolia; and introducing a new generation of students and scholars to Mongolia. Donations can be made directly on our website, here

ACMS highlights from 2018 include Fellowships for eight American faculty and students to conduct research in Mongolia as well as funding for three Mongolian scholars to spend time at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC and the Rubin Museum in New York. New investments are also being made in the ACMS library in Ulaanbaatar.

In addition, ACMS implemented an NEH Summer Seminar on the Mongol Empire for 25 teachers from across the United States; organized a visit for 30 ROTC cadets participating in a Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program in Mongolia; hosted an eight-week intensive language program in Ulaanbaatar; provided a three-day seminar on academic writing for 20 Mongolian scholars at the National University of Mongolia; sponsored more than 20 lectures at the Ulaanbaatar Public Library, posting many of them on ACMS's new YouTube channel; and published 12 issues of the online ACMS newsletter "This Month in Mongolian Studies".

As 2018 ends, ACMS staff are busy planning our newest program -- three Summer Field Schools scheduled for summer 2019, focused on archaeology, internal migration and renewable energy, and made possible by a new grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Thank you for your continued interest in ACMS and Mongolia. Please take the opportunity to renew
your membership with ACMS at this time. And, on this "Giving Tuesday," please also consider making an end-of-year donation to ACMS to ensure that we can continue to support these and other programs during 2019.

Jonathan Addleton
Executive Director
American Center for Mongolian Studies

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