Last Wednesday evening (Nov. 8th), rainy weather did not deter curious New Yorkers from going to the Rubin Museum of Art to enjoy a panel discussion on Matthew Kapstein's latest work, The Tibetans (Blackwell Publishing, 2006).
Historian Morris Rossabi (who commissioned the book as part of a diverse series for Blackwell) led a panel that included professors Tsering Shakya (University of British Columbia) and Elliot Sperling (Indiana University).
The panel praised Kapstein's project for its unique value to the burgeoning field of Tibetan Studies. When asked about the impetus for his book, Kapstein responded by saying that he was motivated to do something about the lack of reliable scholarly materials on Tibetan history. In writing this book, Kapstein has therefore not only made an important and much needed contribution to the field, but has also pointed the way for others. Like for instance Lauran Hartley of Columbia University, who took advantage of the subsequent Q&A to elicit Kapstein's recommendations for future research.
So while you wait for Amazon to deliver your copy of The Tibetans, check out the Podcast below to hear for yourself what Kapstein and friends had to say.