Giles Symposium: Keynote Address with Arun Gandhi

Giles Symposium: Keynote Address with Arun Gandhi

7:30pm Oct 25, 2012 | Te Ata Auditorium

Arun Gandhi spent two years during his teens living with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, learning firsthand about the challenges and triumphs of advocating for non-violent change.

These beliefs were directly challenged on Jan. 30, 1948, when an assassin took his grandfather’s life… but from that day forward, Arun Gandhi dedicated his life and passion to ending senseless violence throughout the world.

Gandhi delivered the keynote address on Oct. 25, 2012 for the fifth annual Ray and Mary Giles Symposium for Citizenship and Public Service.

In his address, Gandhi shared some of his life experiences with attendees as well as examining conflicts in America and around the globe through the lens of non-violent resistance.

Exposed to violence from a young age while growing up in South Africa, Gandhi had to confront his own desire for revenge and, in time, displace it with a quest for justice.

Working for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India, Gandhi, along with his late wife, Sunanda, created projects designed to aid the socially and economically oppressed in India. In the late 1980s, the couple came to the United States and founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, which seeks ways to apply the principles of non-violence to social problems.

Earlier that afternoon, Gandhi joined three speakers on a panel titled, “Advocating for the Voiceless.”

Panelists included USAO alumnus Brandon Pasley, program manager for the Address Confidentiality Program in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office; Dan Straughan, executive director of the Homeless Alliance; and Tania Walsh, with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Dr. Jennifer Long (PhD, University of Tennessee, 1997), professor of economics and director of the Interdisciplinary Studies program at USAO, moderated the panel.