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NEW: Dalai Lama To Speak at Brown Oct. 17

Friday, September 14, 2012


His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in Providence in October, thanks to Brown University. Photo: Brown University.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will deliver Brown University's Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. His talk, titled “A Global Challenge: Creating a Culture of Peace,” will begin at 2 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. This is a ticketed event that is open to the public. The lecture will also be presented live online at www.brown.edu/web/livestream.

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the great spiritual leaders of our time,” said Brown President Christina Paxson. “We are honored that he will be sharing his inspirational message of peace with thousands of members of our community.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family in a small hamlet in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of 2, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. In 1950, His Holiness was called upon to assume full political power of Tibet after China’s invasion in 1949. He fled Tibet in 1959 and since then has been living in Dharamsala, northern India, the seat of the Tibetan political administration in exile.

In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He also became the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has traveled to more than 62 countries on six continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers, and crowned rulers of major nations and has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. Since 1959, His Holiness has received more than 84 awards, honorary doctorates, and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness is the author of more than 72 books.

The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

Since 1965, the Ogden Lectureship has presented the University and its neighboring communities with authoritative and timely addresses about international affairs. The lectureship was established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident during his junior year. His family created the series as a tribute to Ogden’s interest in advancing international peace and understanding.

Dozens of heads of state, diplomats, and observers of the international scene have participated in the series, including Queen Noor of Jordan, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, media innovator Ted Turner, astronaut Sen. John Glenn, economist Paul Volcker, Bolivian President Evo Morales, and Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy.


This is a ticketed event open to the public without charge. Online ticketing for Brown students, faculty, and staff will open on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at noon. On Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at noon, ticketing will open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows.


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