Arun Gandhi to Speak at Illinois Wesleyan

Arun Gandhi
Arun Gandhi

Sept. 11, 2013                  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— On Thursday, Sept.19, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, will present a lecture to the Illinois Wesleyan community, sponsored by the Illinois Wesleyan Student Senate and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

The event will be held in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A session at 7:45 p.m. and a meet and greet with the audience at 8 p.m.

Arun Gandhi grew up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, where his grandfather, the honored civil rights leader and symbol for peace, taught him the concept of total nonviolence— the act of being harmless under every condition to both oneself and others. Arun Gandhi shares the lessons of peace and equality he learned from his family throughout the world.

A former journalist for The Times of India, Gandhi has delivered speeches in over 11 countries as well as at various college campuses throughout the United States. He and his wife Sunanda also instituted programs for the social and economic uplifting of oppressed people in India. He is the author of several books, including “A Patch of White,” an account of life in prejudiced South Africa and “The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur Gandhi, Wife of Mahatma Gandhi,” a biography of the supporting woman behind the successful peace-maker, which he co-authored with his wife.

For additional information, contact Brexton Isaacs, president of the Illinois Wesleyan University Student Senate, at bisaacs@iwu.edu.

Contact: Tia Patsavas ’16 (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu