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Symposium on Mahatma Gandhi and Peace in the Twenty-first Century

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This symposium is the first in a year long series of reflective events to celebrate the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as also other scholars on peace.

As we begin the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi his life's contributions to peace remain ever more relevant yet also debated today.

Apart from a superficial level of knowledge of Mahatma Gandhi, how much do you really know about Gandhian thought on peace? This is a perennial question for academics, activists and analysts trying to connect foundational ideas of peace from icons such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr to today's context. Did extinction rebellion activists steal a leaf out of Gandhi's book? What would Gandhi do to address climate change? We can only ponder on these profound issues.

No one is perfect and the idea of this symposium is to help us develop a more nuanced and informed understanding of a complex person such as Gandhi and find messages that are relevant to today's context.

This symposium is the first in a year long reflective events to celebrate the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as also other scholars on peace.

We begin with a brief introduction drawing from Adam Curle's Mahatma Gandhi Lecture followed by a discussion session by a distinguished panel that includes:

Prof Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies and Trustee of Commonweal Trust;

Jeff Beatty, Trustee, Quaker Peace Studies Trust

Antonia Young, Honorary Research Fellow PSID and Trustee, Balkan Peace Parks Project (B3P)

Dr Bob Overy, Peace activist and author of a recent book on Gandhi

Dr Anne Linehan, Soko Gakkai and Calderdale Interfaith Forum

Prof Tom Woodhouse, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies and internationally recognised scholar on Sports and Peace

Keti Murusidze, a recent student, Chevening scholar and peace activist

We will also have brief remarks from a member of the family of late Raj Koithari (who was instrumental in making Richard Attenborough's Gandhi happen) who bequeathed many materials on Gandhi to our Commonweal collection.

Raj Virani, a current PSID student from Rajkot in Gujarat will share a brief reflection of his perspectives on Gandhi's core principles.

Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be available from 1330 hours with networking time from 1330 to 1400 hours. The symposium is from 1400 to 1600 hours.

The event is free but registration is essential.

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Venue information

University of Bradford
Richmond Road
Bradford
BD7 1DP