UCSB Arts & Lectures announces CREATING HOPE, a 2021-2022 programming initiative, featuring a FREE keynote virtual event with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet in conversation with Pico Iyer on Tuesday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. PDT

Additional spring highlights include: the finale of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ House Calls and Race to Justice series, featuring virtual events with Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Bryan Stevenson and more; community book giveaways of Anne Lamott’s Dusk, Night, Dawn and Arthur C. Brooks’ Love Your Enemies; a return to the West Wind Drive-In; and more

SUMMARY

  • UCSB Arts & Lectures announces CREATING HOPE, a 2021-2022 programming initiative
  • Featuring a FREE keynote virtual event with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet in conversation with Pico Iyer
  • Creating Hope with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in Conversation with Pico Iyer takes place on Tuesday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. PDT (Wednesday, May 19 at 9 a.m. IST)
  • Additional spring highlights include: the finale of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ House Calls and Race to Justice series, featuring virtual events with Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Bryan Stevenson and more; community book giveaways of Anne Lamott’s Dusk, Night, Dawn and Arthur C. Brooks’ Love Your Enemies; a return to the West Wind Drive-In; and more
  • Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu

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“No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

 – His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

UCSB Arts & Lectures announces a new programming initiative for 2021-2022, CREATING HOPE, featuring a FREE keynote virtual event with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet. Creating Hope with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in conversation with Pico Iyer takes place on Tuesday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. PDT (Wednesday, May 19 at 9 a.m. IST)

Additional spring programming highlights include: the finale of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ 2020-2021 House Calls and Race to Justice series, featuring virtual events with Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Bryan Stevenson and more; community book giveaways of Anne Lamott’s Dusk, Night, Dawn and Arthur C. Brooks’ Love Your Enemies; a return to the West Wind Drive-In; and more. 

This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision. Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond. Our 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE initiative will inspire our community with shared experiences – online, outdoors, in the schools, in theaters and in alternative spaces. By engaging thought-leaders, creative problem-solvers and arts visionaries, CREATING HOPE programs will strengthen human connection, bridge our partisan divides, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. The CREATING HOPE initiative is a bridge between where we are now, and where we want to be. We can create hope – but only if we do it together.

“During the past year, our community has once again faced an unforeseen challenge with strength and grace; it’s a big burden to shoulder, and we at A&L want our community to know that they are not alone in this,” A&L Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci says. “Arts & Lectures has a unique ability to bring together the wonder, the ideas, the creativity and, yes, the hope that we all need to come through this stronger than ever. I like to borrow from one of my heroes, the late civil rights leader John Lewis, who said that we must be headlights, not tail lights. This idea has been guiding our programming for a year now, and I truly feel determined to help us move forward together.”

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama first visited UC Santa Barbara in 1984. He returned in 1991, two years after receiving the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. In June 1991, the university announced the creation of the Tibetan Cultural Studies endowment. Various donors contributed gifts in an effort to preserve, protect and learn from the traditions of Tibetan culture. His Holiness again visited the campus in 1997 to inaugurate the endowment, and in 2001 the funds were used to establish the XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Chair in Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, in the Department of Religious Studies. His Holiness the Dalai Lama most recently visited UC Santa Barbara in 2009.

Commenting on His Holiness’ virtual visit to as part of the CREATING HOPE initiative, Billeci adds: “We are grateful to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Pico Iyer, two people who epitomize hope, for marking the beginning this moment of optimism with a conversation that we know will be nothing short of inspiring. And there’s much more to come. A&L is committed to creating hope in Santa Barbara. Please join us.”

To learn more about the A&L’s CREATING HOPE initiative, including educational opportunities, community engagement opportunities and more, please visit our website www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu and join our Email Club.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu

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