Interdisciplinary and International Conference

150 year celebration of the birth of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi October 18, 2019 – October 27, 2019

www.gandhi150celebrations.org

Venues

Florida Atlantic University®
Boca Raton & Davie Campus

Conference Directors

Dr. Doug McGetchin

Associate Director
Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative
Florida Atlantic University®

Raj Shah

Chairman, Board of Directors
International Hindu University

Book Launch

Gandhi@150: A Century and a Half of Gandhi and Nonviolence By Dr. Doug McGetchin and Bhagyesh Jha

The Display

Display of replicas of rare memorabilia

Display and distribution of books & literature by Gandhi and on Gandhi

Screening footage of Gandhiji’s life and his public addresses

Documentary Movie “Gandhi Man of God” By Eknath Eswaran

Exhibition of Khadi, handicrafts as well as Gandhi souvenirs

Exhibiting Dr. Martin Luther King’s work and his contribution to American society

Cultural Program

Patriotic & cultural programs by leading artists in music and dance Play by FAU students Mock Debate ” Gandhi and Bose” Favorite Gandhi’s Bhajans by local artist

About the Conference

Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi (1869-1948) is an international figure best known for leading resistance to the British Empire in India, achieving the independence of India through his method of Satyagraha, or nonviolent resistance.  Born in Gujarat in western India, educated in law in London, developing his

  • Gandhi’s religious views and their interaction with communalism (the mixing of religion and politics)
  • Gandhi’s legacy in South Asia and abroad
  • Gandhi’s idea of democracy and Nationalism
  • Analysis of Gandhi’s skill of writing using simple language
  • Gandhi as a Lawyer and reflection on his South African Experiences

This conference will analyse these various aspects of Gandhi in this year of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

About the Organizers

Florida Atlantic University®, FAU Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative

Florida Atlantic University® was founded in 1961, in Boca Raton on an 850-acre site located near the Atlantic Ocean. The campus is conveniently located halfway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and offers a broad range of academic programs, activities, and services.

The Peace, Justice and Human Rights (PJHR) Initiative grew out of the Peace Studies Program which was established at Florida Atlantic University® approximately twenty years ago. The commitment of the University to the themes of the Initiative is profound and led to PJHR being included as one of nine key platforms in the University’s current strategic plan. PJHR is a multidisciplinary effort that brings together scholars, practitioners, students and community leaders that are invested in the themes of human rights, peace and social justice. This is a University-wide commitment to issues of global importance that affects the South Florida area

International Hindu University

International Hindu University is a not-for-profit, post-secondary degree-granting institution recognized by the Florida Department of Education and Florida Commission on Independent Education under the authority of Florida State Statutes, Section 1005.06.

Uniting ancient spiritual and religious wisdom of the East with the curiosity of the West, IHU is dedicated to the emergence of Hindu Dharma in a world in need of peace, co-existence, and mutual respect. We welcome students of all ages, faiths, disciplines, and degrees to join us in exploring the modern legacy of the oldest religion on earth.

Keynote Speaker

Mrs. Ela Gandhi
Grand Daughter of Gandhi ji

Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, is a peace activist and was a Member of Parliament in South Africa from 1994 to 2004

Seminars and Conferences:

Some possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Gandhi’s role in the application of Satyagraha and techniques of nonviolent resistance in South Asia, South Africa, and elsewhere
  • Gandhi’s leadership in the environment, sustainability, and economic and social justice
  • Gandhi’s interests and transformations throughout his life
  • Gandhi’s interaction with Dalits and views of caste
  • Gandhi’s views and actions on family, women, gender, and sexuality
  • Critiques of Gandhi and his interactions with independence fighters advocating violence
  • Influences upon Gandhian thought and his influence on others
  • Gandhi’s impact on the growth of human rights and pacifism
  • Gandhian communities and international connections
  • Gandhi’s religious views and their interaction with communalism (the mixing of religion and politics)
  • Gandhi’s legacy in South Asia and abroad
  • Gandhi’s idea of democracy and Nationalism