Arun Gandhi to speak at Rockford College

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On Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Maddox Theatre in Rockford College Clark Arts Center, Arun Gandhi, grandson of the legendary leader of India, will give an address titled “Lessons Learned From Grandfather.” Tickets are $10 for adults, students and senior citizens; Rockford College students receive one free ticket with a valid Rockford College I.D. For ticket reservations or more information, call the Rockford College box office at 226-4100. Clark Arts Center is accessible.

Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and by “black” South Africans for being too white. So, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge; it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering. Sent to India to live with his grandfather, Arun witnessed first-hand how his grandfather guided India to achieve independence from British rule through principles of non-violence. He also learned valuable lessons from the Mahatma on how to apply the same principles to resolve everyday conflicts.

In October 1994, Arun published the popular volume World Without Violence: Can Gandhi’s dream become reality? for the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. As an accomplished writer and journalist, Arun lectures worldwide in university lecture halls, corporate boardrooms and prisons for violent offenders to promote his vision for a world without violence.

He and his wife, Sunanda, founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the Christian Brothers University in Memphis. The Institute strives to foster nonviolent philosophies through its workshops, lectures and community outreach programs. Arun has spoken about nonviolence throughout the world.

From the Sept. 7-13, 2005, issue

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