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Jan. 18, 2007

Smith & Hampshire Colleges Prepare for Visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama is expected to make a daylong visit to the Pioneer Valley on May 9 to speak with audiences from Smith College, Hampshire College and the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts. A worldwide respected spiritual leader and the leader of the Tibetan people, the 14th Dalai Lama was the recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.

Smith President Carol T. Christ and Hampshire President Ralph J. Hexter will host the visit, which recognizes the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program, a thriving exchange program with exiled Tibetan scholars.

The Dalai Lama’s visit will feature an address to Smith and Hampshire students, faculty and staff at Smith’s Indoor Track and Tennis facility (ITT) from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and a gathering for invited members from the local Tibetan community. Although attendance will be restricted to those audiences, his talk to the college communities will be broadcast live on local television and accessible to everyone in the Pioneer Valley.

Established many years ago at Hampshire, the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program is now based at Smith, with the two colleges collaborating to sustain the annual academic exchange. Each year as many as fifteen local students spend January studying Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan history and culture in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged the program’s founding and has maintained close interest in its progress. He has met regularly with program directors throughout the years, as well as, on occasion, with students.

Jay Garfield, Smith professor and director of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India program, and Peg Pitzer, director of events management at Smith, are leading a planning committee for the visit with representation from the two colleges and the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts.

Garfield; Pitzer; Sue Darlington, Hampshire professor, former director and faculty member with the program; and Thondup Tsering, president of the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts, are available for interviews by contacting Smith or Hampshire media offices.

Media Contacts

Smith College
Kristen Cole
Director of Media Relations
(413) 585-2190

Hampshire College
Elaine Thomas
Director of College Communications
(413) 559-5482


Requests To Cover May 9th Address

Smith and Hampshire colleges appreciate the ability of the media to spread news of the Dalai Lama’s visit. However, seats at the main address are not guaranteed for members of the news media. Media representatives must submit requests to cover the event by midnight of April 15, 2007. Requests must be submitted by e-mail and include the name of the media representative, name of the news outlet, contact information for a senior member of the news outlet and any specific requirements regarding coverage. Submit requests to or

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