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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine Gobbo
561-297-1168,
kgobbo@fau.edu or
Lisa Freed
561-297-3022,
lfreed@fau.edu


FAU to Host His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Public Lecture
Historic First-time Visit to Palm Beach County

            BOCA RATON, FL (January 13, 2010) – His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama of Tibet will make his first-ever visit to Palm Beach County, Florida on Wednesday, February 24, when he visits Florida Atlantic University for a public lecture titled “Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace.”  His Holiness will address FAU’s students, faculty, staff and members of the general community beginning at 10 a.m. in the FAU arena.  The event is one of four events His Holiness will make when he visits South Florida.

            “Florida Atlantic University is honored to host the Dalai Lama, a true messenger of peace, compassion and understanding,” said FAU Interim President John Pritchett.  “This is a historic moment for the university and truly a wonderful educational opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and community.  His Holiness will undoubtedly provide words of inspiration and thought.”

             On Monday, January 18, FAU students, faculty and staff will be able to go to www.fau.edu/peace and enter a lottery for a free ticket.  Beginning Tuesday, January 19, the online sale of tickets will be made available to the general public.  Floor tickets will be available for $75/ticket.  Raised bleacher style seating will be available for $49/ticket.  To purchase tickets, visit www.fau.edu/peace .  Tickets for the general public will be mailed to ticket holders or will be available at Will Call the day of the event.

            FAU will also host a series of events on its campuses leading up to His Holiness’ visit during “Expressions of Peace Week,” which will begin on Wednesday, February 17.  Events include lectures, films and a Dance for Peace, among other events.  More information on “Expressions of Peace Week” may be found at www.fau.edu/peaceweek .

            For more information regarding the event, contact Stacy Volnick at 561-297-6319.  Any media questions should be directed to Kristine Gobbo at 561-297-1168 or kgobbo@fau.edu , or Lisa Freed at 561-297-3022 or lfreed@fau.edu .  MEDIA NOTE:  Credentials are required to cover this event and are non-transferable.  Details on the credentialing process will be available Monday, February 1.

            His Holiness the Dalai Lama does not accept any honorarium. Proceeds from the event, if there are any, will go to charitable or educational purposes.

- FAU -

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