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AU Experts Available to Comment on  Dalai Lama's North American Visit

WASHINGTON, DC –His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, has embarked on a North American Tour through October 11.  

American University, known for its politically and socially engaged faculty and students, actively encourages a commitment to public service, and an appreciation for diverse cultures and viewpoints. Several of the university’s experts will be following the Dalai Lama’s visit and are available to discuss his life’s work and impact including:  
Amitav Acharya, professor of international relations, studies Chinese Tibet policy as an East Asia specialist and has visited Tibet. His most recent book is Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009).

Evan Berry, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, focuses on the interplay between religion and nature in modern western culture. Berry is currently teaching a course about the relationship between religious traditions and environmental ethics. He is trained in both the sociology of religion and the philosophy of religion.

Dahpon “David” Ho, history instructor, specializes in the history of modern China and East Asia and has studied Tibet, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Joe Eldridge, university chaplain, can address faith and spirituality issues, church and politics, liberation theology, faith and politics, and international human rights. Eldridge has spent more than twenty-five years working in the public policy arena as an advocate and analyst on international human rights and humanitarian issues.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.