GCC’s Global Education Committee and Student Senate Present: “The Sixties”

Arun Gandhi Joins Panel Discussion as Special Guest

Batavia, NY- Take a trip back in time on Thursday, February 9, 2017, when the Genesee Community College’s Global Education Committee and Student Senate host, “The Sixties: 1968 Global Movements, Upheavals and Peace,” a panel discussion on global issues led by GCC Professor of History Garth Swanson and featuring Arun Gandhi, grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi. The afternoon conversation will take place from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology building at GCC’s Batavia Campus. All are welcome to attend and there is no admission charge.


Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, Arun was beaten for prejudice racial reasons and learned from his grandfather to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. He came to the U.S. in 1987 with his wife, Sunada, and started the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. In 2008, the institute was moved to the University of Rochester. Arun is the author of several books, and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions in 2013.


The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a nonprofit that works to realize the vision of its historic namesake by helping individuals and communities create awareness of nonviolence as knowledge critical to human thriving. The Institute continuously offers groups and individuals training sessions such as nonviolent communication, meditation and experiential interconnectedness. It fosters responses to systematic violence in the Rochester area through projects focused on urban agriculture, racial healing, work and restorative approaches to conflict.


The panel discussion will include passionate speakers who will facilitate an interesting afternoon of conversation, questions and answers. Panelists include Swanson, GCC professor of History who will visit the topic of Western Europe; Marie Rose Credi, retired GCC adjunct professor of French who will discuss Egypt; Timothy Palmer, GCC adjunct professor of History and a veteran from the Vietnam era, who will highlight United States perspectives; and Kit Miller, director of M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence of Rochester who will present on social justice issues.


For more information on the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence of Rochester, visit the Institute’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ROCNonviolence/.


For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.


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