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The Dalai Lama to speak at William & Mary on Oct. 10, 2012

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, considered one of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, will speak at William & Mary on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

The event, which is being sponsored by the William & Mary Student Assembly, is open to the public and will be held at 2 p.m. in William & Mary Hall. Alma Mater Productions (AMP) - the student programming committee - along with the International Relations Club and the Janet and Peter Atwater Lecture Endowment are also co-sponsors.

Information on obtaining tickets to the event will be forthcoming. The Dalai Lama is expected to deliver a lecture focused on the virtues of human compassion.

“William & Mary welcomes a wide range of views and public figures to the campus, and the Student Assembly is always open to ideas to engage the student population and bring major programming opportunities to the College,” said Student Assembly President Curt Mills ’13, who helped to organize the visit. “This is a great event for students, faculty and staff to attend, as well as residents and alumni.”

This fall, the Dalai Lama is visiting several U.S. colleges and universities throughout the Northeast. His lecture at William & Mary is part of a larger tour at a number of schools across the country, including stops at Middlebury College and Western Connecticut State University. In April, he spoke at the University of Hawaii.

The Dalai Lama has received many awards, honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. The author of more than 72 books, he has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents.

More information on the event will be released at a later date.