Dalai Lama at Syracuse University for 'Common Ground for Peace' event

Two days of panel discussions and music kicks off at Syracuse University, with the Dalai Lama as the star attraction.

"Violence never solves problems. The only way to solve problems is to talk, dialogue," says the Dalai Lama.

The "

Common Ground for Peace

" event starts Monday morning with a symposium on the Middle East in the Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center on the Syracuse campus, with a second panel discussion in the afternoon. The 77-year-old Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, will be the centerpiece of the gatherings.

With the backdrop of escalating violence in the Middle East, the Dalai Lama says that "genuine peace must come through inner peace, taking care of others."

This is the second time the Dalai Lama has visited Syracuse University. He spoke at Hendricks Chapel back in 1979. For this generation of Syracuse University students, hearing the dalai lama speak in person is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


onday's panels are moderated by NBC News national and international correspondent Ann Curry. The panels include the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate and Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey, former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young, human rights advocate Martin Luther King III, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University's School of Public Service Irshad Manji, and Nobel Peace Laureate and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBarade.

Tuesday afternoon's event, "The Past is Not the Past: The Continuing Quest for Racial Justice and Peace," includes speakers Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Professor Linda Carty of SU's Department of African American Studies, and Professors Janis McDonald and Paula Johnson of SU College of Law's Cold Case Justice Initiative.

Tuesday night's music lineup at the Carrier Dome includes performances by Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Nas, Cyndi Lauper, Engelbert Humperdinck, Roberta Flack, David Crosby and Nelly Furtado.

October 9th will officially be

International Day of Peace

in Syracuse. The Syracuse Common Council is making the declaration at its Tuesday meeting.

You can watch the panels live online and follow the panel dicussions and concernt on Twitter with the hash tags #CGPDemocracy, #CGPGlobal, and #OneWorldConcert.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)