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Towson presents Arun Gandhi for Diversity Speakers Series

Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi will share principles of nonviolence and peace

Arun GandhiTOWSON, Md. (April 8, 2011)—As part of its Diversity Speaker Series, the Towson University Center for Student Diversity will host peace activist Arun Gandhi on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the University Union Potomac Lounge.


Arun Gandhi is the grandson of the legendary peacemaker and spiritual leader, Mohandas K. Ghandi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. In his presentation, “Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Nonviolence in a Violent World”, Gandhi will share the guiding principles taught to him by his grandfather and the story of how they helped shape the foundation for his life’s work.


Growing up in apartheid South Africa as a person of Indian heritage resulted in racial confrontations with both blacks and whites. As a young boy, Gandhi was beaten up by black youths for not being black and by white youths because he was not white. Filled with rage and plotting to avenge his beatings, Gandhi was sent to visit his grandfather in India. What followed was an 18-month stay with one of the world’s great leaders that would teach him the powerful philosophy of nonviolence.


After leading successful projects for economic and social reform in India, Arun Gandhi came to the United States in 1987 to complete research for a comparative study on racism in America. In 1991, he and his late wife, Sunanda, founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, headquartered at the University of Rochester, New York. The institute’s goal—to foster an understanding of nonviolence as taught by Arun’s grandfather—has become a reality through workshops, lectures and community outreach programs.


The Diversity Speakers Series is one of the premier events hosted by the Center for Student Diversity. Transformational social justice leaders to visit TU in the past have included Reverend Michael Eric Dyson; Dr. Angela Davis; Cleve Jones; Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy; and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X. Through these engagements, the Center for Student Diversity hopes to inspire students to become courageous and conscientious leaders.


For more information about this event, contact Joan Maze at 410-704-2051 or jmaze@towson.edu.


 


 

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