Dalai Lama Speaks 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 to deliver the prestigious Sadat Lecture.
Media space is limited; credentialed media only; advance media registration required.


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

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.


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
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Note: State Department security requires that all media with video cameras, still cameras and any large electronics (laptops, iPads, etc.) arrive for check in at 6:30 a.m. and be in place for a 7 a.m. security sweep. There will be no late entry. All additional media (without video equipment or large electronics) must be in place 45 minutes prior to the start of the event.


Comcast Center arena, campus of the University of Maryland, College Park 20742

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

Parking: All media should park in the Terrapin Trail Garage (TTG): http://www.transportation.umd.edu/parking/maps/map_campus.pdf
Media Registration: Media will need to check in to receive their media credential at Gate C of the Comcast Center (ground level, lower right-hand side of the main outdoor staircase).

MEDIA REGISTRATION AND CREDENTIALING: Media space is limited and restricted to credentialed media who have pre-registered. Media badges will be distributed on site during check in at Gate C. 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.

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.

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


Crystal Brown

Chief Communications Officer


University Communications (after hours): 301-257-0073


Email dalailamamedia@umd.edu

About Us

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 18 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 32 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10 and 73 in the Top 25. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population. emailum@umd.edu.