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FM professor to discuss travels in Mongolia

November 11, 2012 - Mohawk Currents
JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College Fine Arts Professor Joel Chapin will give illustrated talks about his summer trip across the country of Mongolia on Tuesday at the college.  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.  “Mongolia is a country that was isolated from the west until the early 1990s,” Chapin said in a news release. “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 it 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 it had looked in the pre-industrial age, according to the release. Chapin will talk about the world-changing history of the Mongol people, the rebuilding of ancient Buddhist monasteries, and the rebirth of traditional Mongol cultural arts, as well as the natural resources of the country. The discussion will take place twice in the Large Lounge of FM’s College Union — during Common Hour, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and again in the evening at 7 p.m. Both presentations will be free and open to the public.


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Professor Joel Chapin is pictured in front of Erdene Zuu, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery, in the remains of the ancient city of Karakorum, in Mongolia. Chapin will give two presentations on his recent trip to Mongolia on Tuesday at FMCC.