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AU Anticipates Dalai Lama Visit with  Art, Film, Exhibit and Discussion

WASHINGTON, DC —Through a series of events and discussions that focus on cultural traditions, beliefs and viewpoints, the American University community, renowned for its commitment to social responsibility, diversity, and issues impacting all citizens of the world, will explore the significance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington, DC including his sold-out October 10 teaching at American University.  Events are as follows:  

Kids @ the Katzen: Wishes for the World
Sunday, October 4 1 p.m., Katzen Arts Center
At this arts workshop, children will learn about the history and culture of Tibet and create Tibetan prayer flags.  Children ages 5 – 11 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian will explore the value of giving or expressing “good wishes” and write positive statements and positive wishes to friends and families onto sheets of blue, white, red, green, and yellow tissue paper which symbolize the sky, clouds, fire, water, and earth respectively. The prayer flags created during this Kids @ the Katzen event along with flags decorated by DC Public School students will be hoisted dar-ding style (a long string of flags flown horizontally) to ensure good fortune in Bender Arena when the Dalai Lama visits American University on October 10.  Children will also decorate a flag to take home.

FILM: Burma VJ
Thursday, October 8 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country, risking torture and life in jail in the process. Armed with small handycams, these Burma video journalists (VJs) stop at nothing to report from the streets of Rangoon. Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Ostergaard, brings us close to the VJs who deliver the footage, offering a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state while documenting of the dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started marching to peacefully protest the military regime. Guest speakers: Burmese monks

Multi-Media Exhibit: Bonds of Interdependence: Tibet & the World
Ongoing through October 12, Bender Library Foyer
American University freshman Catherine Ezzell documented the human effects of the Tibetan conflict based on a trip to Northern India in summer 2008.  Through at 15 minute documentary film, interviews with students and embassy officials, and photographs from the perspective of Tibetan refugees and Chinese citizens, Ezzell explores the common ties that bind Chinese and Tibetans.

AU Campus Store Display of Buddhist Books
Ongoing through October 12, AU Campus Store
The AU Campus Store will sell books written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other prominent Buddhist scholars, including those speaking at a free afternoon panel discussion following the Dalai Lama’s teaching on October 10. 

Sixth Annual Public Anthropology Conference: Advancing Social Justice in Times of Crisis
Friday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion
Perspectives from environmental, labor, liberation, GLBTQ, peace, anti-racism, anti-displacement, feminist, indigenous rights, health, disability rights, fair trade, and other social justice movements.

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