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Tibet presentation kicks off Dalai Lama series

Anne Meltzer, the Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Peter Zeitler, director of South Mountain College, will discuss their experiences in Tibet at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Sinclair Auditorium.

Their presentation, titled “Visual Tibet: Its Natural History, Landscapes, and People,” is the first in a series of campus events anticipating the coming of Tenzin Gyasto, the 14th Dalai Lama, to Lehigh in July 2008.

Tuesday’s presentation will focus on the southeastern Tibetan plateau and the Himalayas.

Over the past decade, Meltzer and Zeitler, both professors of earth and environmental science at Lehigh, have made frequent trips to Tibet, where they have been working on a research project called “Geodynamics of Indentor Corners.”

During their research, the two led an international team of 16 researchers from seven institutions in studying a region in southeastern Tibet that includes Namche Barwa, the highest peak in the eastern Himalayas. The project, which also involved Lehigh students, was funded by the National Science Foundation.

They are studying whether and how much the forces of surface erosion—wind, rain, rivers—influence the tectonic forces below that give rise to earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain-building and more. They are studying how both surface processes and tectonic forces are combining at the far eastern end of the Himalaya to give rise to earthquakes and the growth of mountains.

The Dalai Lama is coming to Lehigh in July 2008 for an historic series of teachings sponsored by the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, N.J., in collaboration with the university. The spiritual leader of Tibet, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, will teach for six days at Stabler Arena on Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: The Lamrim Chenmo.

The five-and-a-half days of teaching will take place from July 10-15, 2008. There will be a session each morning and a session each afternoon except for Sunday, July 13, when the Dalai Lama will give a public talk that afternoon at Stabler on “Generating a Good Heart.” He also will answer questions submitted in writing by the audience during his 90-minute public appearance.

For upcoming events related to the Dalai Lama’s visit and the latest news, please visit Lehigh's special Dalai Lama Web site.

--Alexandra Valasek

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007

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