Arun Gandhi, peace activist and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will speak at the University of Central Florida Thursday, Nov. 10.

“Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World” will begin at 3 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. The event, organized by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, is part of the 2011-2012 theme “People Power, Politics and Global Change.” It is free and open to the public.

Arun was born and raised in apartheid-era South Africa. He went to live with his grandfather in India at age 12. During that time he observed firsthand a national campaign for liberation through nonviolent means.

Following his visit to India, Arun went on to lead successful economic and social reforms in there.

He then came to the United States, where he and his late wife Sunanda founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. The institute helps to further the study and practice of nonviolence and provides a unique source of information about Mahatma Gandhi and his work.

In addition to the Global Perspectives Office, sponsors and partners of Arun’sinclude the UCF Student Government Association, the UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, The India Program at UCF, The Anil and Chitra Deshpande India Program Endowed Fund, The Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship program, the UCF Office of Diversity Initiatives, the UCF Political Science Department, the UCF International Services Center, UCF LIFE, the UCF Book Festival 2012 in association with the Morgridge International Reading Center and the Global Connections Foundation.

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