Thursday, October 28, 2010

Grandson Of Gandhi To Speak At Tech

Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, is scheduled to speak at Tennessee Tech University at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium. His Center Stage presentation is entitled "Lessons I learned from Grandfather." In it, he discusses the core teachings and lessons passed to him by his grandfather, with peace being a central theme.

"We want to create world peace, but peace is not merely the absence of war," said Arun. "There is so much internal strife and that prejudice feeds into the national aspect. We have to change ourselves if we want to change the world."

Julia Baker, assistant professor of German, proposed the event after attending one of Arun's previous lectures. Arun was born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he says he was beaten by white South Africans for being too black and black South Africans for being too white. His talk in Cookeville next week is free and open to the public. It is being co-sponsored by the Indian Association of Cookeville.