Gandhi Today: Finding Peace in the Modern World

Join us for brunch and inaugural Gandhi lecture, featuring scholar and UCalgary honorary degree recipient Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of the revered Mahatma Gandhi.

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Join us for brunch and the inaugural Gandhi lecture, featuring scholar and UCalgary honorary degree recipient Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of the revered Mahatma Gandhi.

The lecture will explore whether defenders of human rights can draw ideas and encouragement from Mahatma Gandhi at a time when extremists of diverse hues claim that threats to their religion or nation justify curbs on liberty and equality. It will also ask whether nonviolent and “Gandhian” strategies can indicate an alternative when violent methods alienate world opinion and invite greater oppression.

This event is hosted by the Gandhi Society of Calgary and the Faculty of Arts.

Speakers

Rajmohan Gandhi - Photo by Jonty Herman

Rajmohan Gandhi

Rajmohan Gandhi is a historian and biographer interested in peace and reconciliation. He’s currently a visiting professor at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, and at IIT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. He has been a research professor, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent books are Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten (2013), Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai, 1887-1951 (2014), Understanding our Founding Fathers (2016) and Why Gandhi Still Matters: An Appraisal of the Mahatma’s Legacy (2017). Photo by Jonty Herman.