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Speaking in character, scholar brings message of Mahatma Gandhi to Toledo

Those who never had a chance to meet Mahatma Gandhi or hear in person his message of freedom, nonviolence and civil rights will get their chance Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at 3 p.m. in The University of Toledo’s Doermann Theater, located on the third floor of University Hall.
 
Dr. Shall Sinha, a leading expert on the life and works of Gandhi, will deliver a presentation on “Conflict Resolution the Gandhi Way” in the character of Gandhi himself. Following his presentation, Sinha will take questions from the audience, answering as Gandhi would answer.

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“Gandhi showed us the power and inevitability of nonviolent resistance to human and civil rights violations,” said Dr. Yueh-Ting Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Not every society will have a leader like Mahatma Gandhi, but through people like Dr. Sinha, all have access to the philosophies and methods of one of history’s most transformative leaders.”
 
Sinha grew up in
India studying both engineering and Gandhi’s teaching and protest methods. For the last 20 years, he has been committed to the study and teaching of Gandhian principles. He and his wife, Pramila, are members of Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international non-governmental organization that spreads the Gandhian way of life throughout the world.
 
“Mahatma Gandhi lived and taught nonviolence. His own life is an experiment in truth,” said Ila Mehta, a Hindu Temple representative, highlighting that this is the fourth annual celebration presented by the Hindu Temple commemorating the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. “I think this event will be a very effective way to observe the day of Gandhi’s birth as an International Day of Nonviolence, as adopted by a United Nations resolution.”
 
Mehta emphasized the importance of bringing together the Toledo community to participate in activities that help educate others of Gandhian nonviolence and knowledge.
 
“Understanding and appreciating differences help us to reduce conflict and violence. An educational event like this may help us to understand and appreciate human difference,” Lee said.
 
Weather permitting, a peace walk sponsored by the Hindu Temple of Toledo and beginning at
2 p.m. will precede the event. The walk will begin at Corpus Christi University Parish, 2955 Dorr St., and end at Doermann Theater.
 
The free, public event is sponsored by The University of Toledo College of Arts and Sciences, the UT Religious Studies Program and the Hindu Temple.
 
For more information, contact Jon Strunk, media relations manager, at 419.360.1996 or e-mail [email protected]

 

 

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