CONGRESSMAN ANDY LEVIN
In conversation with ICT President Matteo Mecacci
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Congressman Andy Levin, elected in 2018 to represent Michigan’s 9th District, may be a new member of Congress, but he is not new to Tibet. He holds a BA in Religion from Williams College and a master’s degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan. He studied at the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India in 1981-82, where he first met His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He traveled to Tibet (the regions of Kham and Amdo) in 1989 and soon after interviewed His Holiness, resulting in newspaper and magazine articles when His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize that year. His experiences in India, Tibet and China are one of the reasons Levin sought a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Asia subcommittee.