Smith College and Hampshire College
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
WIsdom, Compassion, Peace. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Hampshire and Smith Colleges


Smith College, Hampshire College and the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts welcomed the 14th Dalai Lama to the Pioneer Valley on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. This momentous visit by the leader of the Tibetan people and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize recognizes the colleges’ thriving exchange program with exiled Tibetan scholars in India. Years ago, Hampshire began the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program, and since then the Dalai Lama has followed its growth as Smith collaborated with Hampshire to sustain the annual academic exchange.

Smith President Carol T. Christ and Hampshire President Ralph J. Hexter hosted the daylong visit, during which the Dalai Lama delivered a talk to thousands of students, faculty, staff and invited guests from the two colleges and the Tibetan community. The event was broadcast live on public television station WGBY; the public was invited to view simulcasts of the address at John M. Greene Hall on the Smith campus and Franklin Patterson Hall at Hampshire College. A live webcast was also available.

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During the visit, the Dalai Lama also addressed an audience of invited members of the area’s Tibetan community. That forum was not broadcast.

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