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After decades of grim reports from Tibet, many have wondered if its people and their culture could survive except in exile. Last year, with funding from international societies in Sweden and the U.S. and the approval of Chinese authorities, a primary school was founded at Katsel, a town two hours from the Tibetan capital at Lhasa. The school marks a small but significant start at reinstating Tibet’s cultural heritage. “Compassion in Action: The Tibetan Message to the World,” a fundraiser for the Katsel school project, features renowned scholars and spiritual teachers Robert A.F. Thurman (pictured) and Andrew Harvey. Thurman, chair of Columbia University’s Religion Department, an authority on Tibetan Buddhism, and Uma’s dad, will speak about the importance of preserving endangered cultures in general, and the relevance of Tibetan Buddhist teachings for the modern world in particular. Harvey, well-known for his novels, spiritual autobiographies, and works on mythical poetry, will read and discuss poetry by former Dalai Lamas. At 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown University’s Intercultural Center, 37th & O Sts. NW. $35. (202) 244-6122. (Martha McWilliams)