The Dalai Lama is coming to the University of Northern Iowa next year to share his views on education in a global society, the university announced Tuesday. Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate will visit the university in Cedar Falls on May 18. It's his first trip to Iowa.
"UNI is honored to host the Dalai Lama, who has received awards from around the world that recognize his messages of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, and universal responsibility and compassion," said UNI President Benjamin Allen. "At UNI, we take great pride in providing quality education and preparing future educators. The Dalai Lama imparts a message to the world that stresses the importance of learning, and the role education plays in developing socially responsible citizens. This is a great opportunity to provide inspiration and cultivate new thoughts and ideas at UNI."
The Dalai Lama's visit will include a public talk and interfaith religious service.
Some information for this report was provided by UNI and AP.