Stanford University hosted a weekend-long event on its campus to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. Titled “The Uplift of All: Gandhi, King, and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Justice, the conference was organized by the Gandhi-King Global Initiative (GKGI), which is building an international network of organizations and grassroots groups committed to the nonviolence. As the event web page notes:
Although Gandhi and King are widely celebrated and revered for their role in twentieth century struggles for citizenship rights, many admirers give insufficient attention to their broader concerns, such as poverty, war, environmental degradation, and the denial of human rights. Such twenty-first century issues are as urgent as ever, taking on forms such as catastrophic climate change, extreme wealth inequality, and the migrant refugee crisis. Gandhi once proclaimed that “There is no limit to extending our services to our neighbours across State-made frontiers. God never made those frontiers.” King prophesied that “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” These global visions are at the heart of our October conference.
It goes without saying that the conference featured prominent scholars and activists, whose lectures and panel discussions covered a lot of ground. It was my pleasure to speak alongside Prasad Gollanapalli and Dr. Gauri Mahulikar for our panel discussion, “Satyagraha in Theory and Practice: Internationalizing and Institutionalizing Nonviolence.” Here’s a video of our presentations, courtesy of GKGI and Dr. Clayborn Carson: