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I am honored to be co-chairing a 3 ½-day summit with His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama, to be held in India beginning Oct. 28, 2018. I am very fortunate to have as my co-chairs Ngodup Tsering, U.S. Representative for the Office of Tibet and Elif Gokcigdem, founder of the Empathy-Building Through Museums Initiative. The 30-member delegation consists of museum and multidisciplinary experts from throughout North America. Our topic is “Fostering Compassion and Universal Ethics Through Museums”. With over 35,000 museums in North America this gathering provides an extraordinary opportunity to leverage the group’s collective wisdom in identifying and propagating best practices.
It was a tremendous honor for the Honorable Mayor Nancy McFarlane and myself to represent North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh, during a private audience with The Dalai Lama at His World Headquarters in Dharamsala, India. We are very pleased His Holiness is considering a visit when He resumes traveling to the United States.