According to Thunderbird President Dr. Angel Cabrera, the school extended an invitation to the Dalai Lama as an expression of Thunderbird's commitment to global citizenship. "At Thunderbird we teach our students not just to be good managers but to respect differences, understand other cultures, and commit to helping make the world a better place. His Holiness is the living embodiment of these values and his visit represents a wonderful opportunity for the Thunderbird community to learn from this great man of peace."
His Holiness is scheduled to speak for one hour and 15 minutes to Thunderbird faculty, staff and students representing 31 countries. Because of the Thunderbird community's overwhelming interest in hearing the Dalai Lama, the event is being broadcast live to multiple locations on campus.
The event marks the first time the Dalai Lama will speak at an international graduate business school. Event organizer Barbara Stevenson, director of volunteer leadership, commented, "We are extremely honored by the visit. Thunderbird is a unique institution that teaches tolerance, understanding and cooperation. We are eager to listen to the Dalai Lama and hear his views on how we can all be better global citizens."
About the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the 6 million Tibetan people. At the age of 2, he was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama. His Holiness assumed full political responsibility as head of the Tibetan government in 1950 at the age of 15. In 1959, a popular uprising ensued in Tibet against Chinese rule. His Holiness escaped to India where he was given political asylum. Since 1960, His Holiness has resided in Dharamsala, a small town in northern India, aptly known as "Little Lhasa," the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.