Over three days, the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery will create the White Tara sand mandala in honor of the Dalai Lama's May 4 visit to UCI. Upon completion of the cosmic diagram, the monks will perform a special ritual to bless and consecrate the mandala. Opening ceremony 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. Dissolution ceremony 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Natural Sciences I, Room 1114. Free and open to the public.
UCI's Center for Unconventional Security Affairs will present its 2010-11 Human Security Award to Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and founder of the nonprofit environmental organization Blue Legacy. 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center, 100 Academy, Irvine. Free. RSVP to CUSA@uci.edu.
UCI Libraries' spring exhibit, "Irvine: the Vision, the Plan, the Promise," will open with a presentation titled "Reflections on Irvine at 40," with a special tribute to Raymond L. Watson by Daniel G. Aldrich III, UCI interim vice chancellor for University Advancement, and Irvine city councilman Larry Agran. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Langson Library. Free. RSVP requested: 949-824-4651 or email email@example.com.