“Bhutan on Campus” Walking Tour Showcases Bhutan’s Influence on UTEP Campus

Last Updated on August 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

The Centennial Tour Series was created to showcase UTEP’s rich history and beautiful campus throughout the University’s Centennial Celebration in 2014. Each month, a new tour will focus on a different aspect of UTEP. The theme for the August tour is “Bhutan on Campus.” The tour will be offered to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 23.

The “Bhutan on Campus” tour was designed by Ann Horak, Ph.D., director of UTEP’s Religious Studies Program. Horak, who has traveled to the Kingdom of Bhutan, will lead the tours and highlight many of the Bhutanese symbols and authentic artifacts that can be found on the UTEP campus, such as a Bhutanese prayer wheel, Bhutanese flags and imported tapestries. The tour will begin with a short presentation at the Centennial Museum.

The tours are free and open to the public.

The University of Texas at El Paso has had a special connection with the Kingdom of Bhutan for almost 100 years. The inspiration for the University’s unique Bhutanese architecture is credited to Kathleen Worrell, wife of the school’s first dean, who was fascinated with a photo essay on Bhutan that appeared in the April 1914 issue of The National Geographic Magazine. Since the first Bhutanese buildings were constructed in 1917, the University’s connection with Bhutan and its people has evolved into something much more than a shared architecture. From student exchanges to presentations by Bhutanese artists, musicians, dancers and archers on UTEP’s campus, the University’s special relationship with Bhutan has become a mutually beneficial partnership in education, culture and friendship.

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What: Centennial Tour Series – Bhutan on Campus, led by Ann Horak, Ph.D., director of UTEP’s Religious Studies Program.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 23.

Where: The tour will begin with a short presentation at the Centennial Museum, located at the corner of Wiggins Road and University Avenue on the UTEP campus.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

RSVP: Maribel Villalva at 915-747-6669 or email at mvillalva2@utep.edu.

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