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03/01/11

Arun Gandhi to Speak at Peru State College March 22

”Lessons Learned from Grandfather”

The Free Event Begins at 7 p.m., Public Invited to Attend

 

Arun Gandhi(Peru, Neb.)  Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi, will speak at Peru State College (PSC) on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the College Theatre.  His appearance is a part of the Distinguished Speakers Series being brought to southeast Nebraska by PSC. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Arun Gandhi has dedicated his life to nonviolent activism and writing.  Born in South Africa to the only son who continued Mahatma's legacy, Arun moved to India as a teenager and lived with his grandfather until a few months prior to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.  He returned to India in 1956 and worked as a journalist for the Times of India.  In 1987 Gandhi, with his wife and two children, came to the U.S. at the invitation of the University of Mississippi for which he was to write a paper on the similarities between the prejudice in India, the U.S. and South Africa.

 

He has written several books to date and serves as President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, an organization working for the "eradication of the scourge of poverty and human degradation."  Although political at times, Arun's work is primarily social, focused on the welfare of fellow human beings.  Until 2008, he presided over the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, located at the University of Rochester.  He now spends a great deal of his time on speaking tours which take him throughout the United States and beyond.  

 

The title of Gandhi presentation will be Lessons Learned from Grandfather.  Activist Arun Gandhi shares his riveting and unique reflections on the personal and historical legacy of his grandfather and sends forth a message of integrity, social harmony, nonviolence, inclusion and peace in the wake of terrorism, international conflicts, immigration debates, and religious, political, and ideological differences that threaten our future as national and global citizens.

 

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “We are pleased to welcome Arun Gandhi to our campus.  His personal connection to a man of historical significance, and his own life experiences, provide a tremendous opportunity for learning and discovery for students and citizens of southeast Nebraska.”

 

More Information about Arun Gandhi may be found at: http://www.arungandhi.org/

 

The next scheduled speaker following Arun Gandhi in the series is humanitarian and author Greg Mortenson on September 19, 2011.  He will be speaking on Promoting Peace One School, One Child at a Time.  Mortenson is known for his efforts to educate children and build schools in impoverished areas of Afghanistan.  One of his books, Three Cups of Tea, is available for purchase at the Bobcat Bookstore.