NEW ORLEANS (AP &Staff Reports) -- The Dalai Lama and an entourage of Tibetan monks are heading to New Orleans in May 2013 in a rally of support for communities still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

The 77-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to make at least two public speeches while he's in the city on May 16-18. He will also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Tulane at its 2013 commencement.

Details of the Dalai Lama'svisit was announcedMonday.

The visit of the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader will be sponsored by Tulane University's School of Social Work.

The theme of the visit will be 'Resilience: Strength through Compassion and Connection,' according to Tulane, and highlights will include a day-and-a-half long conference and two city wide public events at the Morial Convention Center.

The web site for the visit -- will feature tickets for the three public events.

Due to the special limited seating configuration required for commencement ceremonies, admittance to Tulane's commencement will require tickets, which will be given to Tulane graduates and six of their selected guests.

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