Charlize Theron, Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama will take part in a special lecture series aimed at making the world healthy, sustainable and compassionate place.

Charlize Theron to speak at Living Peace event
Charlize Theron to speak at Living Peace event

Sponsored by UC Irvine and Center for Living Peace Orange County, the Living Peace Series will kick off on December 4 at the UCI Student Center with Charlize Theron, who will discuss the Charlize Theron African Outreach Project, which promotes safety and health among impoverished children and communities in South Africa – with a focus on those suffering from HIV/AIDS. There will also be a VIP event benefiting the outreach project.

Richard Branson to speak at Living Peace event
Richard Branson to speak at Living Peace event

This will be followed on January 25 by Richard Branson, the British industrialist who built the Virgin Group into more than 360 companies, who will discuss Virgin Unite, the nonprofit foundation of the Virgin Group that connects people with a will to tackle tough environmental and social problems in an entrepreneurial manner. Supported by a growing cadre of staff, customers, suppliers and others, Virgin Unite aims to revolutionize the way business, government and the private sector work together as a force for good.

Dalai Lama to speak at Living Peace event
Dalai Lama to speak at Living Peace event

May 4 will see His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama take the stage, for a dialogue about global and ethical leadership, personal responsibility and compassion. UCI’s connection with the Dalai Lama dates back to his 2004 visit to the campus and establishment of the XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship, now in its fifth year of supporting UCI students who demonstrate a commitment to ethical leadership, peace and positive global relations. Current recipients Bethel Mesgana and Doug Cheung are using their scholarship to develop instructional programs on compassionate healing.

Founded by Newport Beach philanthropist Kelly Smith on the belief that “good happens,” the Center for Living Peace Orange County provides a place where children, families and adults of all ages can connect to self, spirit, others and the world and feel inspired to make a difference.

To find out more about the lectures, click here.

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