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The Dalai Lama Receives Honorary SMU Degree

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Uploaded on May 9, 2011

The Dalai Lama, renowned spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate, delivered a special lecture and received an honorary degree at SMU's 10th Hart Global Leaders Forum from 2:30-3:30 p.m., May 9, at McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus.

The Dalai Lama's visit comes at an important period of transition as the 76-year-old leader announced in mid-March that he will retire as head of state for the Tibetan government-in-exile to focus on spiritual matters. The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his consistent opposition to the use of violence in his campaign to end Chinese rule in Tibet.

Since its inception in 1999, the Hart Global Leaders program has brought a series of prestigious speakers to the SMU campus for seminars and forums, including former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The program, which is committed to the development of young people into ethical, responsible leaders and citizens, is made possible through the generosity of Mitch and Linda W. Hart.

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