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His Holiness the Dalai Lama appeared in two forums when he visited the University of Arkansas on May 11, 2011. He took part in a morning panel discussion on "Turning Swords into Ploughshares: The Many Paths of Non-Violence," and also delivered a keynote address, "Non-Violence in the New Century: The Way Forward."
The Dalai Lama was joined on stage by two iconic figures of non-violence: Sister Helen Prejean, the nun and death-row activist whose opposition to the death penalty has won her an international audience, while inspiring her to write the New York Times best-seller, Dead Man Walking; and Vincent Harding, whose long career in the African-American freedom movement began when Martin Luther King, Jr. invited him to stay in Atlanta in 1958 and work for the movement; Harding would eventually be called to write King's epochal speech against the Vietnam War, 'Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,' which King delivered on April 4, 1967 at the Riverside Baptist Church in New York, precisely one year before he was assassinated.
The events were sponsored by the university's student-funded Distinguished Lecture Series.