Journey of Nonviolence: Gandhi and Chavez-

Posted: February 10, 2011 in News and Views

Residential Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

Ahimsa Center’s 2011 Summer Institute for K-12 teachers, the fourth in a series on Education about Nonviolence, will focus on two major proponents of nonviolent action for social change: Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) and Cesar Chavez, (1927-1993). Both of them dedicated their lives to combat racism, oppression, injustice, violence, and poverty. In their shared worldview, moral and spiritual growth of human civilization was as important as its material advancement. Both were highly influential in shaping the politics of the day, without ever holding a public office. They led by example, with nonviolence as the core principle guiding their actions. However, their journeys were quite different in terms of the scope, scale, and impact of their movements. This institute is devoted to an in-depth study of their journeys on the path of nonviolence in the pursuit of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable social order.

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