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Message to the University of Maryland Community

February 21, 2013

Dear University of Maryland community:

We will welcome a very special guest to campus this semester: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. He will deliver the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Comcast Center

As you know, the Dalai Lama is an international force for peace, nonviolence and religious harmony, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Unlike the 20th century, in which millions died in conflict, "Let the 21st century be a century of tolerance and dialogue," he has said.

Scientific inquiry fascinates him. The Dalai Lama has engaged in many conversations with eminent scientists. He has actively sponsored dialogues to harmonize and contrast the ways of religion and science. He is a passionate advocate for the environment. He describes himself as a feminist.

I want to express my gratitude to Professor Shibley Telhami, Sadat Chair for Peace and Development in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He personally arranged this special visit.

Over the years, the Sadat Lecture has brought international voices of the highest caliber to our campus, including Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Henry Kissinger, Ezer Weitzman, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson, Mohamed El Baradei, James Baker, and Madeleine Albright.

The Sadat Lecture will be free and open to the university community and the public; however, tickets will be required. Information on ticket distribution, as well as parking, transportation and other details will be posted on this web page on March 8, 2013. Please check back for updates.

This is a rare opportunity and promises to be a landmark event for the entire campus.

Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland

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