PEACE EMBRACED AT LORAS COLLEGE: Grandson of Gandhi to speak during International Day of Peace

9/16/2012
 
Loras College will serve as host to an event in celebration of the International Day Peace featuring a speech by Rajmohan Gandhi, Grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi. This free event will be held on Fri., Sept. 21, 2012 at 7 pm in the Alumni Campus Center Ballroom at Loras College.  This event will serve as the conclusion of a week full of events and activities at Loras celebrating Peace and Justice Week.
 
Following the similar footsteps of his Grandfather, Rajmohan Gandhi, devoted to research and advocacy of non-violence around the world, has finally made his way to Loras College. Gandhi will deliver a speech entitled Non-Violent Conflict Resolution, drawing on his extensive global experience as a peace researcher and diplomat. Gandhi’s presentation is coordinated as part of the U.N. of Dubuque’s International Day of Peace, a city-wide celebration to create a culture of peace.
 
“Personally, I think it is great to see someone who is a leader in the field of non-violence come to speak here,” stated David Cochran, a member of the U.N. of Dubuque and Loras professor, “My hope is that having such a prestigious speaker will bring inspiration and appreciation for non-violence to Loras students and the Dubuque community.” Cochran who also studies non-violence, played a key role in Gandhi’s participation in the Loras celebration.
 
Also in the spirit of peace, local colleges will lay down rivalries and open the ceremony with an intercollegiate choral performance. Choirs participating are from Loras College, Clarke University, the University of Dubuque and Wartburg. There will also be a dance performance by the Friends of India children.
 
Gandhi will also deliver a second speech entitled Non Violent Conflict Resolution: Gandhi’s Wisdom for Current and Future Leaders, at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa, on Saturday, September 22 at 1:30 pm.
 
More information on city wide activities can be found at www.dbqdayofpeace.org
 
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