October 15, 2012
- Arun Gandhi - WIU Theme Speakers Series: War and Peace: From Personal Conflict to Global Resolution
- Time: 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
University Union Grand Ballroom, Oct. 15, 2012
WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, Oct. 16, 2012
- Description: A peace activist and proponent of nonviolence, Gandhi carries the same principles as his grandfather. Growing up in apartheid South Africa meant racial confrontations with both blacks and whites. Plotting to avenge his tormentors, Gandhi subscribed to Charles Atlas bodybuilding magazines so he would have the strength to fight back. When his parents discovered their son's fascination with exercise, they decided that a visit to his grandfather in India was in order. The next 18 months of Arun Gandhi's life gave him the keys to the powerful philosophy of nonviolence and shaped his future. After leading successful projects for economic and social reform in India, Gandhi came to the United States in 1987 to complete research for a study on racism in America. In 1991, Gandhi and his late wife, Sunanda, founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, which is headquartered at the University of Rochester.
The mission of the institute is to foster an understanding of nonviolence and how to put that philosophy to practical use through workshops, lectures and community outreach programs.
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