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How Gandhi Discovered Nonviolence

Part of Gandhi's Legacy: Houston Perspectives, an initiative of the Menil Collection

Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was not “born” to nonviolence. He discovered it in his travels and through physical, intellectual and spiritual experiences. Rajmohan Gandhi tells the story of his grandfather’s journey that culminated in his belief in nonviolence as a core value of life — and in his commitment to it as a political strategy.

A book signing will follow the event. Copies of “Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire” will be provided for sale courtesy of Brazos Bookstore.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch the video recording of the event.


Featured Speaker

Rajmohan Gandhi
Research Professor, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Welcoming Remarks

Allen Matusow, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
William Gaines Twyman Professor of History, Rice University



Josef Helfenstein
Director, The Menil Collection


Leading up to the event, the Baker Institute launched a social media campaign on the institute’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. The campaign was centered around an interactive art piece in the Baker Institute building’s entry that encouraged passersby to reflect and share their thoughts on peace by asking them to answer the question “What does peace look like?” People could also participate virtually by posting their thoughts or pictures to their social media accounts using #MyPeace.








Thu, Oct. 9, 2014
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

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