Public Events

The Visit 2013 - Public Events

On October 8, 2013, the two public events of The Visit 2013 will take place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, Georgia (map).  Both (or either) events are included with each ticket purchased.  Having outgrown our on-campus facilities, Emory is pleased to present these public events in this 10,000+ capacity state-of-the-art arena featuring free on-site parking, superior acoustic and climate control, and comfortable guest accommodations. For information about the campus events taking place on October 9 and 10, click here.


Live Webcasts

Public Talk

The Arena at Gwinnett Center — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
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His Holiness the Dalai LamaThis public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will focus on the fundamental human values that are the building blocks of an engaged and compassionate world. The Dalai Lama will outline his comprehensive vision of secular ethics, its underlying principles, and the urgent need to embrace such a system in today’s increasingly connected and globalized society. The talk is scheduled to last approximately one hour followed by questions from the audience moderated by Paul Root Wolpe, director of Emory's Center for Ethics.

See lunch information below. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 7:30 a.m. in order to clear security (more information) and to be seated on-time. Early-arriving guests can partake in the Tibetan bazaar located inside the arena and enjoy pre-show entertainment.

Panel Session

The Arena at Gwinnett Center — 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
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A panel discussion featuring His Holiness with top scientists and educators. The panel will examine the applicability of secular ethics in modern education through the lens of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and educational policy and curricula. Discussion will include the implications of secular ethics for the U.S. education system, strategies of implementation, and potential benefits.

Scheduled panelists:

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

Frans B.M. de Waal

Richard Davidson

His Holiness the
XIV Dalai Lama

Frans B.M. de Waal, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Emory University
Richard Davidson, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi

Brooke Dodson-Lavelle

Arthur Zajonc

Geshe Lobsang
Tenzin Negi, PhD
Senior Lecturer,
Department of Religion
Emory University

Brooke Dodson-Lavelle
Senior Research Officer
Mind and Life Institute
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Panel Moderator
Arthur Zajonc, PhD
Professor of Physics
Amherst College
Mind and Life Institute
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Mind and Life Institute
The afternoon panel session is presented in
association with the Mind and Life Institute


An important note about ticket pricing:

His Holiness offers his appearance for the promotion of peace and does not receive any speaker fee. Funds generated through ticket sales are used solely to cover expenses, with any surplus being disbursed to charitable organizations under the advisement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

All ticket purchases include both (or either if you wish to attend only one) of the October 8, 2013 public events at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.  Single-event tickets are not available for sale. All prices shown below are before the $3 facility fee and variable ticket convenience fees. In order to ensure the greatest accessibility to this important event, 2013 ticket prices were set 10-23% less than comparable tickets in 2010 and include the opportunity to attend two events for the price of one.  Tickets to the campus events are not available to the general public except through special sponorship opportunities.

Purchase tickets:

Public event tickets are on sale now at (or this direct link), in-person at the box office at the Arena at Gwinnett Center (directions) or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX.

Seating chart and pricing:

Click here to view or print a full-screen seating chart.

The Visit 2013 Seating Chart

* Plus $3 facility and additional ticket convenience fees.

Boxed lunches

Proof of the Pudding CateringLunch (choice of turkey or vegan wrap with side) is available during the break between the morning and afternoon session. In order to ensure that your choice is available (and for quicker service) we strongly recommend that you pre-purchase your $10 boxed lunch when you purchase your tickets.  An option will appear to select your lunch choice once your select your tickets.  Soda and water will be provided, free of charge, courtesy of the Coca-Cola Company and Emory University.

Did you already buy your event ticket and now need to add the lunch?  Click here

Guest Information


The Arena at Gwinnett Center is an ADA Compliant facility. To order accessible seating tickets, please contact AXS at 888-929-7849 or visit The Arena Box Office. At the Gwinnett Center, seats are held in various areas of our facility for patrons who require wheelchair access, as well as those with visual and hearing impairments and for those who have limited mobility, but do not require the use of a wheelchair. Seating for the visually/hearing impaired is available in the lower level. Live captioning on the video screens is planned for the public events. All levels of The Arena are accessible by elevator and escalator. A limited number of designated handicap parking areas are located at the front of The Arena and in the North end of the Convention Center “Peanut Lot.” The designated handicap parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Please contact a parking attendant to assist with drop off or pick up arrangements. Guests in wheelchairs should enter the building at the Main Entrance. A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the Guest Services Desk.


All attendees are required to clear security and are subject to search. All purses and containers will be inspected. Please approach the security screening as if you were planning to travel through airport security. Do not wear or carry metal items, and be prepared with government-issued photo identification. An EXPRESS LINE will be set up for guests entering with no bags and all keys/cell phones/metal in-hand.

Cell phones are permitted, but must be turned off during the program. Small purses are allowed, but will require additional search/screening. We recommend leaving all jewelry, coins, and excess keys at home to speed through the screening process.  Large cameras (cell phone-sized cameras are fine), umbrellas, and "stadium seats" are not permitted.  Other prohibited items include weapons of any kind, recording devices, laptop computers, large purses, bags, backpacks, or other items posted at the venue.  If it is raining, we recommend that you bring a disposable plastic poncho that you can discard upon entering the venue.   Please leave prohibited items (see full list) at home.  Emory University and the Arena at Gwinnett Center are not responsible for lost or missing items.

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