Mongolia’s Past, Present, and Future: former Minister of Culture Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, & Jeffrey Falt

“The year is 1938. The newly-installed Communist Government of Mongolia, under orders from Moscow, launches a nation-wide purge. Before it’s over, nearly tenth of the country’s population is murdered. Sendmaa, a young herdswoman, falls in love with Baasan, a talented and handsome lama…”

Oyungerel Tsedevdamba and Jeffrey L. Falt will read from the English-language manuscript of their novel, The Green Eyed Lama, which has just been published by Grasset in French translation as Le Moine Aux Yeux Verts.

This will be followed by a discussion touching on: themes evoked in the book, such as life under communism, and the Stalinist purge; the transformation of Mongolia into a democracy; and religion and culture in Mongolia.

The reading and discussion will be accompanied by a cocktail.

OYUNGEREL TSEDEVDAMBA grew up a herder girl in Communist Mongolia.  She received a scholarship to study planning economy in the USSR and, after the fall of communism, she earned a Master’s Degree in Market Economy in Russia. She subsequently received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, where she was a Fulbright Fellow.  She is an Eisenhower Fellow and a World Fellow of Yale University.  From 2000 to 2004, Oyungerel headed Liberty Center, at that time Mongolia’s most active human rights organization.  She later served as Adviser to the Prime Minister of Mongolia and subsequently to the President of Mongolia on human rights and civic participation. In 2010, she was elected president of the 90,000 member Democratic Women’s Union. In 2012, she won election to Mongolia’s Parliament and was appointed Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In 2015 Oyungerel was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France for her efforts to end the death penalty in Mongolia and for her work in preserving and protecting Mongolia’s cultural heritage, including the much publicized Tyrannosaurus bataar case. Oyungerel is the author of 11 books.

JEFFREY L. FALT is an attorney with a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California at Berkeley. Following a stint as a legal aid attorney in rural California he turned to human rights law, court reform, and access to justice for marginalized communities in developing countries with The Asia Foundation, Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, USAID, and numerous other international organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He worked in Liberia during the oppressive rule of Charles Taylor; in East Timor during the UN Mandate; in Nepal while the Maoist rebellion had nearly surrounded Kathmandu; and in Sri Lanka monitoring a fragile ceasefire in rebel held areas during the Tamil uprising. With an armed escort, Jeffrey and his brother were among the first foreign visitors to Angkor Wat in Cambodia while the Khmer Rouges still roamed the countryside and mined the temples. Jeffrey taught at the Graduate Program in Pacific Basin Studies at Dominican University. His journal article, “Legal Aid and the Empowerment of the Poor in Developing Countries” became a teaching tool and a call to action. He is co-author with Oyuna on two books.

Oyuna and Jeff married in 2004 and they live in Ulaanbaatar.

The Atelier de la Main d’Or is a former woodworking workshop transformed by Rebecca and David Tepfer into a space in which they host friends and acquaintances for chamber music concert several times a month. The Tepfers have generously made their atelier available to the Stanford Club of France to hold this event.

Date and time

December 7, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Atelier de la Main d'Or
9 passage de la Main d'Or
75011 Paris