The season of commencement speakers is beginning — and so starts the season of protests over them.
UC San Diego has landed the Dalai Lama to deliver the keynote address at its June 17 commencement. But while the Tibetan Buddhist monk, the 14th Dalai Lama, is revered as an icon of peace to many, some Chinese students are protesting his longstanding efforts to protect Tibetan national identity from China, which claims the territory.
The Chinese Students and Scholars Assn. at UC San Diego criticized his selection, saying the Dalai Lama has long tried to "divide the motherland and to destroy national unity," Inside Higher Ed reported.