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Nonviolent Peaceforce Co-founder to Speak


Nonviolent Peaceforce Co-founder to Speak

Mel Duncan will discuss the international organization’s work in a visit to UCR on Feb. 13.

(February 6, 2008)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Mel Duncan, executive director and co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, will speak at UC Riverside on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Humanities 1500.

Duncan, who heads the Brussels-based group, has more than 30 years of experience organizing and advocating throughout the world for peace, justice and the environment.

Nonviolent Peaceforce trains civilians in nonviolence techniques, modeled after Gandhi’s Peace Army, and partners them with local groups around the world to protect human rights and deter violence in areas of conflict. Nonviolent Peaceforce teams currently operate in Sri Lanka, Guatemala and the Mindanao region of the Philippines and are preparing to work in Colombia and Uganda.

Duncan also will speak at a dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Quaker Center, 4061 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, sponsored by the local chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Reservations for the dinner are required and may be made by calling 951-682-5364 or e-mailing Ldunn314@earthlink.net.

Duncan’s appearance at UC Riverside is part of a yearlong speaker series, “Gandhi’s Legacy in an Age of Terror,” which is funded by the UCR Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities.

The next speaker in the series will be Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mohandas Gandhi who is a research professor in the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. Gandhi will speak on Friday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in University Lecture Hall 1000. After the lecture he will sign copies of his new book (which is available for sale in the campus bookstore) from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gandhi is the author of the acclaimed new biography, “Gandhi: The Man, His People, and an Empire” (University of California Press, February 2008). In December, the Indian History Congress awarded the Indian edition of the book the prestigious Barpujari Prize, which is given biennially for the best work in history in India during the preceding two years.

Both the Duncan and the Gandhi events at UCR are free and open to the public. There is a fee for parking.

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