Emory University to Host a Live Webcast With His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University will host a live webinar with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. A discussion titled “The Necessity of Compassion for the Survival of Humanity” will feature the Dalai Lama in conversation with Melani A. Walton, co-founder of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN. (For speaker photos click here. )

The webcast begins at 10:30pm ET on Dec. 8, 2020 (Dec. 9 @ 9:00am India Standard Time) and will be simulcast in 14 languages. It is FREE of charge and open to anyone who’d like to participate. Advance registration is encouraged at https://compassionshift.emory.edu.

“With so many urgent concerns impacting our world, the time is right to start a global conversation about the importance of compassion,” said Lobsang Tenzin Negi, executive director of Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. “For more than 20 years, we’ve been working with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on programs and research that illustrate the positive effects of compassion. Our goal is to promote an understanding of the benefits of compassion and to provide programs to cultivate it across all sectors of society.”

The webinar will focus on the role compassion can play in developing a more sustainable future for humanity. It is the first event of The Compassion Shift, an initiative to advance a global culture of compassion based at Emory University.

About Us: The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University supports a research-based approach to educating both heart and mind. An academic collaboration that began in 1998 between Emory University and the Dalai Lama, the Center investigates the science of compassion and supports its practical implementation. Current programming includes SEE Learning ™ an international K-12 education program, CBCT® Compassion Training , and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, a science program developed for Tibetan monastic institutions. The Center will offer live daily meditations beginning December 9.

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16-Year-Old Emory Pruitt Becomes Clark Atlanta University’s Youngest Student

A teen from Tennessee has made history by becoming the youngest student to be accepted to Clark Atlanta University when she was just 15 years old.

The university announced that Emory Pruitt, who hails from Hendersonville, TN, has enrolled as a student at the university for fall 2020, making her one of the youngest students in the HBCU’s history and the youngest one in recent memory.

The young woman graduated from her high school early with a 3.7 GPA. Yet, her path to college was marked by challenges. Pruitt said adversity and racism in her hometown high school didn’t deter her from chasing her dream. “It actually was the dedication and my family that pushed me each day,” said Pruitt, who is now 16. “I should thank the people that doubted me; that just made me work even harder.”

Emory’s mother, Karen Pruitt, had enrolled her daughter in online classes at Penn Foster High School, a big decision that worked out for her.

“I know that this was the best choice to protect her and her feelings; no one should have to defend the color of their skin,” Karen said.

On her daughter being accepted to Clark Atlanta University, Karen said, “Words would not be able to describe how thrilled and excited she was to have come across a dream come true.” Better news hit the family when Emory’s brother Elijah Pruitt was also accepted into the university for the 2020 school year.

“We are honored that this exceptional young woman chose Clark Atlanta University to continue her studies and we look forward to supporting her through all of her endeavors,” said Lorri Saddler, associate vice president/dean of admissions. “Ms. Pruitt has already accomplished so much in just 16 years and we know she’ll continue to build on her successes.”

Clark Atlanta University is no stranger to notable events. The college was formed after Atlanta University and Clark College merged. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population, was established four years later.

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