• ISL DHARAMSALA: Tibet and the Power of Nonviolence

  • View from Dharamsala - Photo by Hannah Koschnitzke, 2011 Participant
    View from Dharamsala - Photo by Hannah Koschnitzke, 2011 Participant
  • ISL Dharamsala is a University of Denver International Service Learning program that combines academic study at DU with service work in Northern India during Winter Interterm. This year's program will be directed by John Evans professor, Alan Gilbert, from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. 

    During Fall Quarter, students engage in coursework that focuses on the Tibetan community in exile and various non-violence movements in Tibet, India, and around the world. Through readings, lectures, guest speakers, and writing assignments students will explore the history and cultures of India and Tibet, with a focus on issues of non-violence, tolerance, religion, politics and human rights.

    During winter interterm, students travel to India for four weeks where through service placements and cultural immersion they gain added insight into the cultural nuances and complex issues they have been studying. In addition to service work, students are engaged by daily guest speakers from various Tibetan and Indian organizations. During past programs, students have had an audience with His Holiness the Karmapa or His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

    While in India, the program is based in Dharamsala, home to the Tibetan community in exile, where students live in a local guest house and volunteer in the communities of Dharamsala and McLeod Gang for three weeks. As part of the program, the group also has the opportunity to tour sites of historic and contemporary interest in Northern India.

  • Past Service Placements

  • Reflections from the Field

  • "Home" - A Digitial Story by Marlena Hartz, 2010 ISL Dharamsala Participant
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  • Important Program Information

  • ISL Dharamsala is led by Professor Alan Gilbert and PhD Candidate Jordan Farrar, for any inquiries regarding the program, you can contact them by e-mail:

    Alan Gilbert: alan.gilbert@du.edu

    Jordan Farrar: farrarjordan86@gmail.com

    All ISL programs are being moved into the Office for Special Programs, so more detailed information can be found on their webpage once the programs are finalized. 

    Academic Pre-Departure Sessions: Prior to departure, there will be five mandatory class sessions held at DU on Friday afternoons throughout fall quarter.  Exact dates and class times TBD. 


  • Photo from 2013 Participant
    Photo from 2013 Participant
  • Program Information 2014

  • About Our Program Director

    Alan Gilbert is a John Evans Professor (a university-wide award for career distinction in Research) at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

    Gilbert lived in Pakistan as a teenager and has long been interested in Indian and Tibetan culture. He received an M.Sc. in political sociology from the London School of Economics, a Ph.D. from Harvard in Government and did advanced work in Philosophy at Cornell. He has received three American Learned Societies grants and spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. 

    Gilbert has authored four books: Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War of Independence, Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy, Democratic Individuality and Marx’s Politics. Black Patriots and Loyalists received a Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award from 3:AM magazine in London.

    For an interview with Richard Marshall of 3:AM magazine in London on his writing as a philosopher, see http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/fighting-from-below-for-recognition-as-human/

    For five poems, see  http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/five-poems-3/. Gilbert also publishes the blog: democratic-individuality.blogspot.com
    Gilbert lives with his wife Paula and his son Sage in the mountains near Aspen Park, Colorado.   
    Contact Info
  • Photos

  • Photos from Project Dharamsala

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