Dalai Lama Will Lecture and Dialogue at UMD, May 7

Media Registration and Credentials Required

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland will host His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama on Tuesday May 7, 2013 for two separate events – delivery of the prestigious Sadat Lecture and a dialogue with scholars of Sufism, a mystical Islamic tradition.

Media space is limited; credentialed media only; advance media registration required.


Sadat Lecture: “Peace Through Compassion: Connecting a Multi-Faith World”

In the morning, the Dalai Lama will join a long list of world leaders to deliver the Sadat Lecture. Before an audience of 15,000, he will speak in English for about 45 minutes, answering questions submitted by the audience. Tickets for the event were snapped up by the public in a matter of minutes. The UMD Sadat Chair for Peace and Development arranged for the visit.

Roshan Dialogue:A Meeting of Two Oceans: Dialogue on Sufism and Buddhism”

In the afternoon, His Holiness will meet in a smaller venue for dialogue on two religious traditions: Islam’s Sufi tradition and Tibetan Buddhism. UMD’s Roshan Institute of Persian Studies organized the event. Note: Media space is extremely limited for this event.


His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama calls himself “a simple Buddhist monk.” He is a Nobel Peace Prize-winner and an international figure with a devoted following of millions. His web site describes him as “the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.” He actively seeks out both interfaith and scientific dialogues, writing in one of his many books, “If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.”


Tuesday May 7, 2013
Sadat Lecture: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Roshan Dialogue: 1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Note: Security requires that media be in place 45 minutes prior to the start of the events.


Both events will take place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park 20742

Sadat Lecture: Comcast Center arena

Directions: http://www.umterps.com/travel/comcast-directions.html

Roshan Dialogue: Ina and Jack Kay Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Directions: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/parking-directions#driving-directions

MEDIA REGISTRATION AND CREDENTIALING: Media space is limited and restricted to credentialed media who have pre-registered. Media badges will be distributed on site. To register, media representatives should send email requests to: dalailamamedia@umd.edu

Please indicate: name(s) and position(s), media affiliation, credentials possessed [these will be required at check-in] and full contact information so we can confirm your request. We will email you a confirmation of your registration, along with and parking and check-in details.

PHOTOGRAPHY RESTRICTIONS: Absolutely no flashbulbs or additional lighting may be used by media (at the Dalai Lama’s request). The stage will be pre-lit for video. Risers will be provided for video and still cameras, and photographers should expect a throw of 100 feet. There will be opportunities for escorted close-ups.

AUDIO: Mult-box audio feeds will be available at both events.

STREAMING: Both the lecture and the dialogue will be streamed via the Internet. Details will be available at http://www.umd.edu on the day of the event.


Neil Tickner

UMD Communications



For media registration email dalailamamedia@umd.edu



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