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Sadat Peace Lecture Welcomes Dalai Lama

February 21, 2013

General Information: Special Events office, events@ur.umd.edu; President's Office, sbarone@umd.edu
Media Contact: Neil Tickner, ntickner@umd.edu, 301-405-4622

Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development program

UPDATE: Tickets for the Sadat Lecture for Peace with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet on May 7, 2013, are completely sold out. The event will be streamed live on the the UMD web site. Individuals can go to www.umd.edu on the day of the event and click on the link to view it.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland will welcome his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama to campus on Tuesday, May 7. He will be the latest in a long-list of world leaders who have given the prestigious Sadat Lecture.

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama"The Sadat Lecture for Peace is one of the University's most prominent events and having his Holiness visit the campus is a remarkable opportunity for our whole community," says University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. "It is very important that we expose our students to the broadest cultural and international diversity possible, and help them become global citizens."

The annual lecture series, part of the university's Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development program, (School of Behavioral and Social Sciences) has attracted world figures including Madeleine Albright, James Baker, Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson, Mohamed El Baradei, and Ezer Weizman.

The Dalai Lama's Three Commitments
The 14th Dalai Lama is one of the most recognized and respected religious leaders in the world. Throughout his life, he has stood by three main commitments: The promotion of human values, the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among all religions, and finally, as a Tibetan, he is committed to the Tibetan issue, believing he has a responsibility to act as the free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice.

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama"The Sadat Lecture has hosted some extraordinary and diverse wolrd leaders over the years from Nelson Mandela to Jimmy Carter," says Sadat Chair Shibley Telhami. "His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been a compelling voice of compassion, toleration, and peace during turbulent times. His lecture presents a wonderful opportunity for our students, faculty, staff, and friends to hear his reflections."

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Comcast Center on campus. Tickets are required but free. Please check www.umd.edu/lecture starting March 8 for further updates on how to obtain tickets.

Watch this message from UMD President Wallace Loh on the Dalai Lama's visit: