Dalai Lama to make historic visit to UNI in May 2010

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dalai Lama to make historic visit to UNI in May 2010

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will visit the University of Northern Iowa Tuesday, May 18, to share his views on the importance of education in an increasingly global society.

"UNI is honored to host the Dalai Lama, who has received awards from around the world that recognize his messages of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, and universal responsibility and compassion," said UNI President Benjamin Allen. "At UNI, we take great pride in providing quality education and preparing future educators. The Dalai Lama imparts a message to the world that stresses the importance of learning, and the role education plays in developing socially responsible citizens. This is a great opportunity to provide inspiration and cultivate new thoughts and ideas at UNI."

The day of his visit will be an opportunity to celebrate education and discuss its importance while encouraging the exchange of ideas and views. A committee has been established to coordinate academic initiatives, campus and community programs, and K-12 activities to take place during the fall and spring semesters leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit.

More information about the day of the Dalai Lama's visit and associated events will follow in the fall.

For more information about the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, visit www.dalailama.com.