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Arun Gandhi to Lecture at Frostburg State University
03/13/2008

Arun Gandhi, grandson of legendary peacemaker and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, will discuss “Lessons from My Grandfather” on Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Frostburg State University Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The internationally acclaimed speaker has spoken to hundreds of colleges, universities and corporate and civic organizations around the world. With the assistance of his late wife, Sunanda, Arun Gandhi founded the Center for Social Unity, a self-help program to assist India’s poor, and the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

Founded in 1991 at the Christian Brothers University of Memphis, Tenn., the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence offers didactic programs of the theory and practice of nonviolence to young people and adults. The institute also sponsors two national conferences a year and provides seminars to churches and service organizations.

Arun Gandhi was raised in the first of the nonviolent communities established by his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. In 1946, his parents sent him to live with his grandfather for 18 months during the Indian campaign for independence from British rule. He is considered one of the leading advocates of nonviolence in the world utilizing the memories of his grandfather to carry on his legacy.

“Mohandas K. Gandhi represented being a peacemaker, a great person who made a difference. Arun learned some valuable lessons from living with him that he’s going to share with us” said the Rev. Larry Neumark of United Campus Ministry. “This will be a great learning experience for our campus.”

A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

The event is part of an ongoing spring celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s life by FSU and Allegany College of Maryland. It is sponsored by United Campus Ministry; University Programming Council; the Diversity Center; Office of the Provost; Catholic Campus Ministry; Student Government Association; Residence Hall Association; Amnesty International; Office of the Vice President for Student and Educational Services; the Dean’s Offices of the College of Business, College of Education and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the President’s Office.

For more information, contact Neumark at 301-687-7490.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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