Dalai Lama To Receive SMU Honorary Degree

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Praveen Sathianathan

The Dalai Lama will give a speech and receive an honorary degree during the SMU Hart Global Leaders Forum.

The tenth annual forum will take place at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium on May 9.

The spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate will speak to an audience of about 2,500, mostly high school students, SMU students and faculty.

Tickets for the general public sold out within an hour of when they went on sale on April 27.

SMU students, faculty and staff will be able to pick up two tickets starting May 3 at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A valid SMU ID and birthdate is required to receive tickets, which are on limited availability.

His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for using non-violent methods when facing Chinese rule in Tibet.

SMU joins a growing list of universities and colleges that have awarded honorary degrees. This list includes the Miami University, University of Washington, Melbourne University in Australia, the University of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles and Rutgers University.

Previous speakers for the Leaders program have included former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Hart Global Leaders Forum, which is dedicated to turning younger generations into accountable, ethical beings, is sponsored by gifts from Mitch and Linda Hart.

Candidate for Dean of Dedman College Visits Campus

February 26, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia

The search for a new Dean of Dedman College is coming to a close as Dr. Jensen of Notre Dame finishes his official visit to SMU.

Following the end of Jensen’s visit, the Dedman Dean Search Committee will submit a list of recommendations to President Turner and Provost Ludden, according to the Committee Chair, Dean Lawrence of the Perkins Schools.

The five remaining candidates are:

1) Dr. William Tsutsui of the University of Kansas

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