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Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi to speak at Hamline; topic is Lessons from My Grandfather

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Internationally-known peace-activist and grandson of the legendary leader of India Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, Arun Gandhi will deliver Hamline University’s 2010 Commitment to Community keynote address.

Arun Gandhi is a proponent on nonviolence and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, New York. During his address, Arun Gandhi will share riveting and unique reflections on the personal and historical legacy of his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi. His address is titled "Lessons from My Grandfather: Nonviolence in a Violent World."

The keynote address will be held Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Hamline United Methodist Church, located at 1514 Englewood Avenue in Saint Paul. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available after September 20 and are first come, first served. Stop by the front desk of the Bush Student Center, located at 1551 Hewitt Avenue on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus, to inquire about tickets, and for more info, contact the Center for Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 651-523-2423.

“In a time when there seems to be an increased amount of violence in our world, our institutions, neighborhoods and interpersonal relationships, Mr. Arun's talk and work, based on his grandfather's activism and legacy, is incredibly well-timed and can be of great inspiration to modeling and creating change in our relationship, organizations, institutions locally, nationally and globally,” said Carlos Sneed, assistant dean of students for diversity and community.

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 in New York. The institute’s goal—to foster an understanding of nonviolence—has become a reality through workshops, lectures and community outreach programs.

Arun Gandhi has spoken before hundreds of universities and corporate and civic organizations.  His unique talents and cross-cultural experiences have brought him before governmental, social, and educational audiences in countries all over the world. 

Annually, the Commitment to Community lecture brings in nationally known speakers, activists, academicians and leaders to address major diversity topics, issues and questions.

In recent years, speakers have included Dr. Cornel West (educator, social critic, author), Winona LaDuke (activist), Kweisi Mfume (NAACP), Ray Suarez (writer/ television correspondent), Helen Zia (writer), Rebecca Walker (activist, author), J. Herman Blake (educator), the late Ronald Takaki (educator, author), and last year's speaker, Keith Boykin (political and social commentator).