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Rajmohan Gandhi Public Lectures

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 05:00 pm

Location: Kellogg Center, MSU

November 29, 5:00pm reception, 5:30 to 7:00pm–lecture and conversation

Kellogg Center Lincoln Room

Lecture 8: THE GANDHI LEGACY

This lecture will look at other figures who in many ways were inspired by Gandhi and who embraced the twin goals of struggle and reconciliation – persons like Martin Luther King Jr, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Viewing independent India, with all its weaknesses and accomplishments, as another part of the Gandhi legacy, this final lecture will also touch upon a third part of that legacy: Gandhi’s understanding, from more than a hundred years ago, of an individual’s relationship to the environment and to fellow-inhabitants of planet Earth.  

A noted Indian politician, academic, and advocate for tolerance and reconciliation, Rajmohan Gandhi has served in the Indian Senate and as president of Initiatives of Change International, a global nonprofit aiming at reconciliation and trust-building. He has been a Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also Academic Director of that campus's Global Crossroads Living and Learning Community.  A grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi has published eleven books and has had a distinguished career in journalism.