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  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME,

  • THE CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY,

  • ROBERT BIRGENEAU. (APPLAUSE)

  • THIS IS GREAT. GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

  • FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW ME, I’M ROBERT BIRGENEAU,

  • BOTH A PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS AND MATERIAL SCIENCE AND

  • ENGINEERING AND ALSO CHANCELLOR HERE AT UC BERKELEY.

  • I HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU TODAY ON THIS

  • VERY SPECIAL OCCASION TO HEAR HIS HOLINESS, THE XIV DALAI LAMA,

  • HEAD AND SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE TIBETAN PEOPLE. (APPLAUSE)

  • HIS HOLINESS HAS TWICE BEFORE VISITED OUR CAMPUS IN 1994 AND 1997.

  • HIS HOLINESS IS HERE TODAY THROUGH THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE

  • AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION

  • AND THE RICHARD C. BLUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPING ECONOMIES. (APPLAUSE)

  • THE FOUNDATION OF WHICH RICHARD BLUM IS FOUNDER AND CHAIR

  • PROVIDES HEATH CARE, EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL AND

  • CULTURAL PRESERVATION THROUGHOUT HIMALAYAN REGION.

  • THE CENTER, LOCATED HERE ON THE BERKELEY CAMPUS, IS DEVOTED TO

  • RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOR THE ALLEVIATION OF GLOBAL POVERTY

  • IT IS TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF GLOBAL LEADERS TO MAKE

  • LASTING CHANGE FOR THE POOR.

  • HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA HAS OFTEN SPOKEN OF THE SUFFERING

  • OF POVERTY AS A GLOBAL ISSUE THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM THE

  • ONENESS OF HUMANITY.

  • HIS HOLINESSCONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS,

  • ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PEACE HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED

  • ACROSS THE GLOBE, INCLUDING WITH THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. (APPLAUSE)

  • TODAY HIS HOLINESS WILL ADDRESS US ON

  • PEACE THROUGH COMPASSION.

  • I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO INVITE SHARON STONE TO THE STAGE.

  • MANY OF YOU WILL KNOW SHARON STONE AS AN ACCOMPLISHED --

  • AND IN THE RIDE HERE WE WERE TRYING TO GET THE

  • RIGHT NOUN TO DESCRIBE SHARON.

  • SHOULD IT BE ACTRESS, ACTOR OR ACTIVIST?

  • AND SO SHARON SAID I SHOULD INTRODUCE HER

  • AS AN ACCOMPLISHED ACTORAVIST,

  • WHO IS A GOLDEN GLOBE AND EMMY AWARD WINNER

  • AND AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE

  • SHE’S ALSO A FRIEND OF THE AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION

  • AND MEMBER OF ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • AND HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN MANY WORTHY CAUSES.

  • SHE IS A FRIEND OF TIBET AND OF THE DALAI LAMA.

  • SHARON (APPLAUSE)

  • HEY, GOOD AFTERNOON. HOW ARE YOU?

  • I SAID IN THE CAR OVER THAT I HOPED HIS HOLINESS WOULD GO

  • HELLO BERKELEY

  • SO I WILL, HELLO BERKELEY.

  • IT’S JUST WONDERFUL TO BE HERE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL OPEN-AIR

  • THEATER TODAY ON THIS GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS DAY

  • FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL AND GREAT OPPORTUNITY

  • WOW. IT’S A GREAT FEELING.

  • WERE HERE AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD IS FULL OF SO MANY

  • DIFFERENT EMOTIONS AND THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND CHANGING

  • TIMES, CHANGING OPINIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS OF THOUGHTS,

  • FEELINGS, EMOTIONS.

  • AND WHEN WERE TOLD THAT THERE IS A STRUCTURE OF FEELINGS,

  • EMOTIONS AND CHANGING TIDES

  • IN FACT, WERE TOLD THAT WERE IN A TIME OF SCARCITY.

  • BUT IF WE LOOK TO OUR GENUINE SELVES, OUR GENUINE TRUTHS AND

  • DEPART FROM THE ILLUSIONS OF THAT WHICH IS PUT UPON US

  • TO THAT WHICH IS IN US, OF COURSE, WE KNOW THAT

  • THERE IS NEVER A SCARCITY

  • BUT THAT THERE IS A WEALTH OF GREATNESS

  • AND THAT WITHIN US THERE IS MUCH.

  • FOR EVERY ONE OF US HAS A DREAM, EVERY ONE OF US HAS A DESTINY,

  • EVERY ONE OF US HAS A GIANT OPPORTUNITY.

  • IT IS UPON US TO FOLLOW OUR DESTINY AND TO FULFILL THAT DREAM.

  • IT’S OUR CHOICE WITH HOW MUCH INTEGRITY WE MEET THAT DESTINY.

  • THERE’S A GIANT PUZZLE IN THE WORLD, AND IT IS OURS TO TAKE OUR

  • PIECE AND FULFILL THAT PARTICULAR PIECE OF THE PUZZLE

  • AND GLORIFY THE DESTINY OF THE UNIVERSE.

  • I’M SURE EACH OF YOU SITTING HERE HAS SOME BEGINNINGS OF THE

  • UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT YOUR DREAM IS.

  • AND THAT’S WHY YOUVE COME HERE TODAY.

  • IT’S THE COMPASSION WITHIN YOUR HEART WITH

  • WHICH YOURE REACHING OUT.

  • IN THE HOPES THAT YOU CAN SIMPLY LET GO AND END THAT BIT OF FEAR

  • THAT IS RESTRAINING YOU FROM THE POWER OF YOUR GENEROSITY

  • AND WHOLENESS TO FULFILL YOURSELF AS A WORLD CITIZEN.

  • BECAUSE WERE NO LONGER INDIVIDUALS.

  • NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO YOURE NO LONGER AN INDIVIDUAL ALONE IN YOUR TINY SPACE.

  • WE NOW KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT WERE WORLD CITIZENS WALKING

  • TOGETHER HAND IN HAND TO FULFILL OUR DESTINY AS ONE.

  • AND THE DAY IS UPON US.

  • SO I WELCOME YOU, UC BERKELEY COMMUNITY,

  • FRIENDS OF THE AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION.

  • EXACTLY.

  • IN PARTICULAR, THE STUDENTS AT THE BLUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPING ECONOMICS.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • AND IT’S A GREAT PLEASURE TO ASK CHANCELLOR BIRGENEAU

  • TO PRESENT SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL

  • TO MY FRIEND, YOUR REGENT OF BERKELEY, ALUM AND

  • PASSIONATE FRIEND TO THE TIBETAN PEOPLE,

  • RICHARD BLUM

  • AND BEFORE I GO I HAVE ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY,

  • GO BEARS. (APPLAUSE)

  • BEFORE I START MY NEXT REMARKS, HIS HOLINESS SAID HE COULDN’T WAIT.

  • HE WANTS TO SEE ALL OF YOU. SO HE’S ABOUT TO COME OUT.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • YOU ALREADY JUST SPOKE?

  • SHARON JUST INDICATED I NOW HAVE A VERY PLEASANT TASK TO PERFORM

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DOES NOT CONFER HONORARY DEGREES

  • IN 1981 THE BERKELEY MEDAL WAS ESTABLISHED AS THE UNIVERSITY’S TOP HONOR

  • IT IS BESTOWED ON INDIVIDUALS OF EXCEPTIONALLY DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENTS

  • WHOSE WORK AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY

  • ILLUSTRATE THE IDEALS OF THE UNIVERSITY

  • AND CONTRIBUTE TO ITS GOALS IN WHOSE CAREERS HAVE MANIFESTLY BENEFIT THE PUBLIC.

  • A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO,

  • I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF AWARDING AN HONORARY DOCTORATE

  • TO HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA AND HOPE TO DO THE EQUIVALENT HERE.

  • TO MY CHAGRIN DISCOVERED THAT HE HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE BERKELEY MEDAL BACK IN 1994.

  • HOWEVER, THERE IS A SECOND PERSON HERE WHO’S ALSO HIGHLY DESERVING OF THIS RECOGNITION.

  • AND BOTH OF YOU WILL KNOW IN THE LAST MONTH

  • I HAVE HAD THE SINGLE PRIVILEGE OF BESTOWING

  • THE BERKELEY MEDAL ON BOTH THE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA,

  • PRESIDENT JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, VERY INSPIRING WOMAN.

  • AND JUST TWO DAYS AGO AT THE DEDICATION OF THE BLUM CENTER

  • I WAS PRIVILEGED TO PRESENT THE BERKELEY MEDAL TO A PERSON WHO

  • TWICE WITH ONE OF MY WORST FREUDIAN SLIPS EVER I REFERRED TO ASPRESIDENT GORE.”

  • THAT’S BECAUSE IN THE YEAR 2000

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • AND I DIDN’T WAKE UP UNTIL JANUARY 20TH, 2009. (LAUGHTER)

  • SO, I NOW, HOWEVER, HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF PRESENTING THE

  • BERKELEY MEDAL TO ANOTHER GREAT PERSONAGE

  • NONE OTHER THAN RICHARD C. BLUM.

  • (APPLAUSE) RICHARD, WON’T YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • SO I HAVE A VERY GOOD STRING, JIMMY CARTER, JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, AL GORE AND NOW RICHARD BLUM.

  • YOU ELEVATE THE COMPANY, RICHARD.

  • RICHARD BLUM IS A MAN DEEPLY COMMITTED TO ALLEVIATING HUMAN SUFFERING

  • WHO REGARDS THE HIMALAYS AS HIS SPIRITUAL HOME.

  • WE CAN OFFER HIM NO GREATER HONOR THAN TO AWARD HIM

  • THE BERKELEY MEDAL AT THIS VERY SPECIAL OCCASION

  • IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS DEAR FRIEND, HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • RICHARD BLUM HAS LONG HAD PHILANTHROPIC INTERESTS PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON GLOBAL POVERTY AND EDUCATION.

  • 25 YEARS AGO HE FOUNDED AMERICAN HIMALAYA FOUNDATION,

  • WHICH PROVIDES SERVICES TO 25,000 PEOPLE

  • EVERY YEAR THROUGHOUT THE HIMALAYS.

  • ITS PROJECTS ARE FOCUSED ON BUILDING SCHOOLS, TRAINING DOCTORS,

  • FUNDING HOSPITALS, TAKING CARE OF CHILDREN AND ELDERLY

  • AND RESTORING SACRED SITES.

  • RICHARD’S SUPPORT EXTENDS TO PROJECTS IN AFRICA WITH THE CARTER CENTER,

  • THE GLOBAL POVERTY CENTER AT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

  • AND EFFORTS HERE IN SAN FRANCISCO, HIS HOMETOWN.

  • RICHARD’S VISION FOR ADDRESSING POVERTY IS PRACTICAL AND ENGAGED.

  • HE HAS BEEN THE VISION AND DRIVING FORCE BEHIND

  • THE BLUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPING ECONOMIES,

  • ALL THE BLUM CENTER PARTICIPANTS OUT THERE.

  • WHICH IN THREE SHORT YEARS HAS BECOME A REMARKABLE SUCCESS.

  • HIS PHILANTHROPY HAS FUNDED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CENTER

  • AND IS NOW FUNDING A NEW HOME ON CAMPUS FOR THE CENTER

  • IN THE REFURBISHED NAVAL ARCHITECTURE BUILDING.

  • THE CENTER HAS BEEN A RESOUNDING SUCCESS.

  • OVER 1500 STUDENTS AND 50 FACULTY MEMBERS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ITS PROGRAMS.

  • STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SENT TO 25 COUNTRIES TO PARTICIPATE IN FIELDWORK TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY.

  • THE MINOR IN GLOBAL POVERTY AND PRACTICE IS THE FASTEST GROWING MINOR ON CAMPUS.

  • RICHARD’S VISION, GENEROSITY AND CONFIDENCE

  • IN WHAT OUR STUDENTS AND FACULTY CAN ACHIEVE IN THE WORLD HAS

  • ALREADY HAD AN INDELIBLE EFFECT.

  • LET ME QUOTE FROM ONE OF OUR STUDENTS, UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE ONES SITTING OUT THERE.

  • THE BLUM CENTER GAVE ME AND COUNTLESS STUDENTS

  • THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • NECESSARY TO SERVE AS RESPONSIBLE GLOBAL CITIZENS.

  • BY INVESTING IN US YOU ARE DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF

  • LEADERS WHO SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR CREATING A WORLD FREE OF POVERTY.”

  • WE ARE ESPECIALLY PROUD THAT RICHARD IS A BERKELEY ALUMNUS

  • I WON’T GIVE THE YEARS. GO BEARS.

  • HE’S CURRENTLY CHAIR OF THE UC BOARD OF REGENTS.

  • HE IS AN EXEMPLAR WHO HAS PASSED ON BERKELEY’S TRADITION OF

  • PUBLIC SERVICE TO OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS.

  • IT’S NOW, THEREFORE, MY VERY GREAT PLEASURE TO BESTOW

  • THE BERKELEY MEDAL, THE UNIVERSITY’S TOP HONOR, ON RICHARD C. BLUM

  • IN RECOGNITION OF HIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

  • HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY ILLUSTRATE THE PUBLIC SERVICE IDEALS TO WHICH BERKELEY ASPIRES.

  • NOW I INVITE RICHARD TO STEP TO THE PODIUM.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • THANK YOU, BOB. I WONDER WHERE THE FUNDING CAME FROM FOR THIS. IT’S PRETTY NICE.

  • WITH THE BUDGET CUTS, PROMISE IT’S NOT FROM TUITION INCREASES? (LAUGHTER)

  • AT ANY RATE, I HAVE BEEN COMING HERE REALLY SINCE I WAS 17 YEARS OLD.

  • A COUPLE WEEKS AGO.

  • AND THIS IS REALLY A GREAT DAY

  • BECAUSE IT’S A MERGER OF THE TWO THINGS I PROBABLY CARE THE MOST ABOUT,

  • WHICH IS THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AND THE TIBETAN PEOPLE

  • AND THEIR PLIGHT AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR AND WHAT THEY REPRESENT

  • AND WHAT THEIR VALUES CAN MEAN TO THE REST OF US.

  • LOOK, NONE OF THIS IS DONE BY ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL.

  • AND I WANT TO THANK CHANCELLOR BIRGENEAU FOR HIS LEADERSHIP

  • AND HIS DESIRE TO MOVE THE CENTER AHEAD.

  • WITHOUT HIM IT WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED.

  • AND I’D WANT TO ASK SHANKAR SASTRY TO PLEASE STAND.

  • SHANKAR AND ANANYA ROY.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • I GOT TWO MORE. MARYANNE MCCORMICK AND ERICA STONE.

  • SHANKAR, WHILE HE’S RUNNING THIS LITTLE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

  • WITH 5,000 STUDENTS, YOU WOULDN’T KNOW BECAUSE HE SEEMS TO

  • SPEND ENDLESS HOURS ALMOST DAILY ON OUR CENTER AS BEING THE KEY DEAN.

  • WE HAVE A MULTI-DISCIPLINE GROUP OF SOMETHING LIKE NINE DEANS.

  • AND, YES, THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER AND, YES, THINGS CAN MOVE RAPIDLY.

  • THIS CENTER HAS GREATLY EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS.

  • AND ANANYA ROY, AS SO MANY OF YOU KNOW,

  • AND ACTUALLY THE BLUM CENTER STUDENTS

  • A SHOUT OUT AND FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR LEADER ANANYA. (APPLAUSE)

  • AND ERICA, WHEREVER SHE IS, IS OUR LEADER AND WE NOW HAVE 175.

  • SHE DESCRIBES HERSELF AS SHARON STONE’S YOUNGER SISTER. (LAUGHTER)

  • AT ANY RATE, WE WOULDN’T BE HAVING THESE PROJECTS IF IT WASN’T FOR THEM.

  • AND BRUCE MOORE IS AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE,

  • IS IN FROM KATMANDU, RUNS A LOT OF THE PROJECTS FIRSTHAND.

  • HIS HOLINESS IS BEING EXCEEDINGLY KIND

  • BECAUSE HE’S ON A SHORT TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES,

  • AND HE HAS VISITED TWO CAMPUSES.

  • WE WERE AT UC SANTA BARBARA WHERE THEY HAD SELL-OUT CROWDS

  • JUST AS WE DID TWO LECTURES YESTERDAY.

  • THE LUNCH AND HE’S SUFFERING A LITTLE BIT FROM THE FLU

  • BUT NONETHELESS HAS CARRIED ON.

  • AND I’M SURE HE WILL BE INSPIRATIONAL WITH WHAT HE HAS TO SAY.

  • BUT LET ME SAY A FEW THINGS ABOUT THIS.

  • IT IS EXACTLY 30 YEARS AGO THAT HIS HOLINESS FIRST CAME TO THE UNITED STATES.

  • MY WIFE DIANE FEINSTEIN AND -- THAT’S OKAY.

  • (APPLAUSE)

  • THANK YOU. I’LL LET HER KNOW YOU CARE.

  • (LAUGHTER)

  • WENT TO SEE HIS HOLINESS IN 1978.

  • AND HE CAME HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN SHE WAS MAYOR

  • SIX MONTHS LATER 1979.

  • 30 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, 15 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH

  • HIS HOLINESS LAST SPOKE IN THIS THEATER, THE GREEK THEATER.

  • SO, THANK YOU, YOUR HOLINESS, FOR YOUR LONG FRIENDSHIP.

  • LET ME JUST SAY A FEW THINGS ABOUT THAT.

  • THE INTEREST THAT I DEVELOPED WHEN YOU SAT

  • AND MET TIBETANS FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT

  • THE SPIRITUALITY AND THE KINDNESS

  • THAT THEY HAVE IS REALLY RATHER UNIQUE.

  • AND I THINK THIS IS ANOTHER REASON THAT WE NEED TO HELP THEM

  • LEARN ABOUT THEIR CULTURE AND PRESERVE ALL THIS.

  • I HAD AN INTEREST IN HIS HOLINESS FROM THE TIME WE WERE BOTH SMALL CHILDREN.

  • AND, IN FACT, WE WERE BORN, SHALL WE SAY IT THIS WAY,

  • WE WERE REINCARNATED TOGETHER WITHIN THE SAME MONTH.

  • AND I WANT TO PASS IT OFF AS 1955 BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY EARLIER.

  • AND THE ONE THING WE DO KNOW ABOUT HIS HOLINESS

  • THAT IN HIS LAST LIFE HE WAS THE XIII DALAI LAMA.

  • AND THE XIII DALAI LAMA WAS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING

  • AND SO HIS REINCARNATION, OF COURSE, IS MORE OF THE SAME.

  • WHAT WE DON’T KNOW IS WHAT I WAS IN MY LAST LIFE.

  • AND CLEARLY THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM

  • BECAUSE I WAS REINCARNATED AS AN INVESTMENT BANKER.

  • (LAUGHTER)

  • SO, WEVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR IT EVER SINCE THEN.