Although the Dalai Lama has honorary professorships at universities across the globe, Emory is the only place he has accepted a teaching professorship.
His visit this weekend will include a conference on meditation and depression, a lesson on the basics of Buddhism, a free public talk at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta and the first of many lectures to the Emory community.
His appearance will also bring with it high security, including a Secret Service detail, Emory officials said.
The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 amid a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He remains highly popular among Tibetans, despite persistent efforts to demonize him by Chinese authorities.
China claims Tibet has been its territory for centuries, but many Tibetans say they were effectively independent for most of that period.