MAYDAY! Peace Conference

TIBET: Finding Hope in Exile

Pre-MAYDAY! Events

Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29 / All day

Join us at Christ Chapel as a group of Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery, Minneapolis, create a traditional, multi-colored sand mandala in the sanctuary.

Tuesday, April 29 / 6 p.m.

The motion picture TIBET: The Cry of the Snow Lion (2002) will be shown in Beck Academic Hall, Room #101.

MAYDAY! Schedule

Time Presenter
9–11 a.m.


Heritage Banquet Room
C. Charles Jackson Campus Center

10 a.m.

Welcoming Ceremony

Christ Chapel

Morning Keynote Address

"Finding hope in Exile: Tibet's Global Democratic Future"

B. Tsering, PhD, principal of the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in India and elected member of the Tibetan Parliament

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break/View Mandala at Christ Chapel/Walk Linnaeus Arboretum

1–2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Panel Discussion

"Tibet’s Democratic Future: Perspectives from India and Minnesota"
  • Moderator: Deane Curtin
  • Panelists: Ngawang Gonsar, visiting instructor in biology
    B. Tsering, keynote speaker
    Tenzin Sonam, midwest regional coordinator of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT)
    Norzin Wangpo, president, Tibet American Student Association, University of Minnesota

Alumni Hall, Johnson Student Union

3 p.m.

The Deconstruction of the Mandala

A public ceremonial procession from Christ Chapel to Linnaeus Arboretum

4 p.m.


Melva Lind Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum

All events are open to the public without charge.

For more information:
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Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN 56082
507- 933-7520,

The annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference was established at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1981. Previous conference themes have focused on land rights, violence in community, hunger, the banning of landmines, food security, global water issues, and political policies relating to peace issues.