Arne Næss Symposium 2014: "Taking Responsibility for Tomorrow’s World"

Logo: Arne Næss Symposium.

The theme of the 2014 Arne Næss Symposium—featuring His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama—is Taking Responsibility for Tomorrow’s World. There will be a conversation between the Dalai Lama, the student community and the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment, Dr. David Abram.

On TV:  Kunnskapskanalen NRK2-nett

Chateau Neuf in Oslo on May 8th, 13.30 - 15.30.

Arne Næss Symposium 2014


Photo: Ken Opprann /NTB scanpix

The Symposium - organized in collaboration with The Cultural Committee of the Norwegian Student Society -  features the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, who has for for more than seven decades been the public face of Tibet, first in Lhasa and then in exile since 1959.

For more than seven decades the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has been the public face of Tibet, first in Lhasa and then in exile since 1959. To the outside world the figure of the Dalai Lama is synonymous with the struggle for peace and human rights. Both His Holiness’ work and publications are saturated with a deep reflection on basic human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline.

The Dalai Lama insists that despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. He also works for the preservation of Tibet's Buddhist culture, one based on peace and non-violence.

Arne Naess was deeply inspired by Buddhism and his work includes a seminal essay on Gestalt Thinking & Buddhism. It is worth noting that Professor Naess was part of the committee that brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Norway in 2000. Those who witnessed their meeting at the Oslo Spektrum arena remember the compassion and selflessness embodied when the Dalai Lama expressed his admiration for Arne Naess’s hand-knitted sweater, and Arne offered it spontaneously to His Holiness as a gift.

About the symposium

Videos will be available on our website later.


Programme for Arne Næss Symposium 2014, May 8

Ecological Fanfare, Lasse Thoresen & Maiken Mathisen Schau

Welcome: Nina Witoszek, project leader SUM and Håkon Søiland, The Culture Committee

Opening remarks: Ole Petter Ottersen, rector University of Oslo

Château Neuf



Dalai Lama - Taking Responsibility for Tomorrow's Future

David Abram (Arne Næss Professor 2014) - Taking Responsibility for the Earth.

Château Neuf


Conversation between Dali Lama, David Abram  and student representatives: Andreas Færøvig Olsen, Jonathan Grevstad Lindholt, Jørn Kløvfjell Mjelva and Gabrielle Legrand Gjerdset.


Château Neuf



The event is free of charge, but still requires a ticket. We will hand out tickets on 6 May at Chateau Neuf, at 17 to 19.00 in the foyer (NB: Limited number, first come first served). It will not be possible to reserve tickets in advance nor pick up several.

We look forward to see you, Welcome!

Arne Næss Seminars

Error: Stream closed

In collaboration with:


The Cultural Committee (Kulturutvalget) was established in 1947, but has mantained the core values of critical thinking and expression of opinion at the Norwegian Students Society ever since it was founded in 1813. The Cultural Committee is currently the main host for debates and lectuers at the Students Society.