UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 5 | May
Nobel Laureates Receive Honorary Degrees from UBC
Canada’s national newspaper called it “a one-of-a-kind
traveling road show, and we may never see its likes again.”
The Globe and Mail reporter was referring to the historic
visit to UBC’s campus of three Nobel Peace Laureates.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of Tibet and
the winner of the 1989 peace prize, South African Archbishop
Desmond Tutu who won the prize in 1984 and last year’s
winner Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi all gathered
at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. They joined other
spiritual leaders in a three-hour roundtable discussion of
the importance of balancing educating the mind with educating
the heart. They also received honorary degrees from UBC.
The world visionaries came to Vancouver at the invitation
of Pitman Potter, the director of the Institute of Asian Research,
and his colleague Victor Chan a close associate of the Dalai
Lama. The event also marked the official beginning of a new
program being offered by the institute called Contemporary
Thousands of British Columbians were able to see the Dalai
Lama, many in person at the various events where he spoke
and many more on television and web broadcasts.