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Gandhi’s Legacy is Topic of Speaker Series

Gandhi’s Legacy is Topic of Speaker Series

Conflict resolution scholar kicks off yearlong program in Nov. 9 event.

(November 2, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Mark Juergensmeyer, author of “Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution” (University of California Press, Updated Edition, 2005), will speak at the University of California, Riverside, on Friday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. in HMNSS 1500.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where he also is professor of sociology, global studies and religious studies. He has written many books about the political and religious dimensions of violence and peacemaking.

The scholar is the first speaker in a yearlong series, “Gandhi’s Legacy in an Age of Terror,” funded by the UCR Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities.

The series is intended to spark conversation among faculty, students and the community about nonviolence and the ethics of social change, said event organizers David Biggs, assistant professor of history, and June O’Connor, professor of religious studies.

O’Connor said the speaker series also responds to student requests for courses on nonviolence and a desire for an academic minor in peace studies.

“The nonviolent tradition for social change is much more creative, imaginative and hopeful than other alternatives,” O’Connor said.

The featured speaker in February will be Rajmohan Gandhi, a scholar, biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He is teaching at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champagne and recently wrote a comprehensive biography of his grandfather.

“Rajmohan Gandhi is one of the most important living interpreters of Gandhi’s life and works, and as such is a crucial voice in our contemporary understandings of Gandhi’s legacy,” said Farah Godrej, assistant professor of political science and a member of the committee planning the speaker series.

Other speakers in the series will include a monk from the Deer Park Buddhist monastery in Escondido and Inland peace activists.

For more information contact David Biggs at 951-827-1877 or; June O’Connor at 951-827-3743 or; or Farah Godrej at 951-827-4693 or

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