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Dalai Lama returns to Emory

Next week His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor, will visit campus to hold two public discussions on the issues of responsible citizenship, ethics, and education.

The discussions will cover secular ethics and its implementation in education, both in the United States and the rest of the world.

Later that week, Emory will host a concert by Grammy-nominated Tibetan musician Nawang Kechog and the multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling Monastery.

This will be the Dalai Lama’s third visit to Emory since the Emory-Tibet Partnership was established in the late 1990s. Previously, he had spoken on campus three times, including a 1998 visit to deliver the 153rd Commencement address.

Remembering Seamus Heaney

Emory held a public celebration of the life and work of renowned Irish poet Seamus Heaney last month following his death on August 30.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, Heaney is most well known for the eloquence with which he wrote about the Northern Irish Troubles.

His relationship with Emory was a longstanding one. He gave his first reading on campus in 1981 and visited Emory’s British studies program regularly in subsequent years. In 2003, he donated a large portion of his papers to Emory’s Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library (MARBL).

"The loss of Seamus Heaney is a loss to an international community of poetry that knows no boundaries,” said MARBL Director Rosemary Magee. “At Emory we feel this loss very personally.”

Emory hosts Iranian Film Festival

This fall, the fifteenth-annual Iranian Film Festival found a new home at Emory after being held for years at the High Museum of Art.

Emory professors Vincent J. Cornell and Hossein Samei of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, along with Matthew Bernstein of the Department of Film and Media Studies, introduced the films.

Screenings featured an array of genres, from comedy to historical documentaries. They addressed issues of gender, war, and social unrest through an Iranian cultural lens.

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