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


A committee that includes representation from Smith and Hampshire colleges and the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts is making arrangements for the visit by the Dalai Lama. Jay Garfield, director of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program and an authority on Buddhist philosophy, served as a liaison in arranging the visit and is now chairing the committee with Peg Pitzer, Smith College director of events management.

Committee Chairs

Jay Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor of Philosophy at Smith,

Peg Pitzer, Smith College Director of Events Management,

Hampshire College President’s Office

Diana Henley-Fernandez, Hampshire College Assistant to the President,

Sue Darlington, Hampshire College Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies,

Lobsang Norbu Shastri, Director, Translation and Research Unit, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Smith and Hampshire Colleges,,,

Smith College President’s Office and Board of Trustees

Jackie Scalzo, Smith College Secretary to the President,

Rebecca Lindsey, Smith College Secretary to the Board of Trustees,

Tibetan Community Leaders

Thondup Tsering, President of the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts,

Yeshi Gyaltsen, Secretary of the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts,

College Relations

Judith Marksbury, Smith College Director of College Relations,

Buildings and Grounds

Diane Benoit, Smith College Manager of Building Services,

Dining Services

Betse Curtis, Smith College Dining Services Catering Manager,

Events Management

Ken Molnar, Smith College Events Management Database Manager,


Kristen Cole, Smith College Director of Media Relations,

Elaine Thomas, Hampshire College Director of Communications,

Public Safety

Paul Ominsky, Smith College Director of Public Safety,

Scott Graham, Smith College Deputy Chief of Public Safety,

Religious Life

Jennifer Walters, Smith College Dean of Religious Life,

Technology Support

Joanne CannonCarlson, Smith College Assistant Director of Information Technology,

About the Visit



Reading List

Five College Tibetan Studies

Tibetan Studies

Planning Committee


DirectoryCalendarCampus MapVirtual TourContact UsSite A-Z