Gandhi 150, and Gandhi's Global Legacy International Conference

Gandhi’s Global Legacy International Conference

October 10 & 11 at Fresno State

In this conference, Fresno State celebrates Gandhi’s life and legacy through intellectual and activist analyses, a Classical Indian Music concert, and an Interfaith Prayer event. This two-day international conference will feature internationally known scholars and eminent thinkers including keynote speeches by Rev. James Lawson, Jr., Dolores Huerta, and Nipun Mehta.

The main objective of this event is to explore Gandhi’s global impact and the relevance of his philosophy and methods to confronting our current challenges. How would Gandhi approach our modern issues of social and economic inequity, racism, terrorism, environmental crisis, and overwhelming demoralization? What can be learned from his struggles and strategies to mobilize a movement against injustice?

Conference Schedule

All conference events are free and open to the public. However, we do ask that you please register so we may plan for your attendance.


Oct. 10 - Thursday 

  • 1:15-2:30 at Peters Business Room 191
    Documentary: Gandhi's Awakening
    Gandhi’s Journey from Mohandas to Mahatma. Directed by Cynthia Lukas.

  • 2:30-3:00 - Break

  • 3:00-4:15 at Peters Business Room 191
    Keynote: Applying Mahatma Gandhi’s Principles & Ethics in Business and Society: A Framework For 21st Century Business and Community Leaders
    Ramsey Jay Jr. with Students

    Moderator: Falan Kartch, California State University, Fresno

  • 4:30 - Walk to the Peace Garden

  • 5:00-5:40 at the Peace Garden
    Gandhi’s Prayer Meetings: A Way to Connect to the Human Spirit
    Readings and Songs

  • 6:00-7:45 at Satellite Student Union (SSU)
    Keynote: Gandhi and King on the “Arduous Beautiful Struggle”: Lessons in Going Forward
    Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr.
    With reflections by Dr. Mary Elizabeth King
    Moderator: Dr. Francine Oputa
    Welcome: Dr. Saúl Jimenez-Sandoval, Provost, California State University, Fresno and Dr. Veena Howard, Coordinator Peace and Conflict Studies; Associate Professor, California State University, Fresno

Oct. 11 - Friday 

  • 9:00-9:50 at Peters Business Room 191
    Keynote: Gandhian Methods of Active Non-violence: Lessons We Have (or Not) Learned
    Dolores Huerta with reflections by James Lawson
    Welcome: Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Honora Chapman, and Coordinator Peace and Conflict Studies and Fresno State Associate Professor, Dr. Veena Howard.

  • 10:00-10:50 at Peters Business Room 191
    Roundtable: Gandhi in the 21st Century
    Moderator: Dr. Cheyney Ryan, Oxford University
    Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University
    Dr. Gauri Mahulikar, Chinmaya University
    Dr. Andrew Fiala, California State University, Fresno

  • 10:50-11:00 - Break

  • 11:00-12:20 at Peters Business Room 191
    Gandhi’s Thought: Community Building and Communal Harmony
    Moderator:Dr. Ashley Foster, California State University, Fresno
    Dr. Gail Presbey, University of Detroit Mercy
    Dr. Joseph Prabhu, California State University, Los Angeles
    Dr. Jose Orosco, Oregon State University
    Jin Im, Duke University

  • 12:20-1:30 - Lunch Break

  • 1:30-2:45 
    Session A Peters Business Room 191

    Workshop - Gandhi and Nonviolence
    Facilitator: Mandar Apte

    Session B Peters Business Room 191
    Panel - Gandhi in the Age of Globalization: Rethinking his Philosophy and Methods
    Moderator: Dr. Ramdas Lamb, University of Hawaii Manoa
    Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatr, Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Nonviolence Human Rights, and World Peace, Hindu University of America
    Dr. Sanjay Lal, Clayton University
    Dr. Shivani Bothara, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • 2:45-3:00 - Break

  • 3:00-4:15
    Session A Peters Business Room 191
    Panel - Gandhi's Global Impact--Literature and Culture
    Moderator: Dr. Steve Adisasmito-Smith, CSU, Fresno Panelists: Dr. Steve Shankman, UNESCO Chair of Interreligious Dialogue, University of Oregon
    Dr. Jim Earl, University of Oregon
    Dr. Ashley Foster, California State University, Fresno

    Session B Peters Business Room 192
    Panel - Gandhi’s Methods of Activism: Some Examples
    Moderator: TBD
    Dr. Gita Mehta
    Dr. Anshu Vashishtha
    Dr. Satish Bothra
    Dr. Amine Tais, Fresno State, Department of Philosophy

  • 4:30-5:20 at Peters Business Room 191
    Keynote: Gandhi 3.0: Bridging Internet with the Inner-Net
    Nipun Mehta
    with moderator Dr. Veena Howard

  • 7:30 PM at Wahlberg Hall
    Classical Indian Music Concert
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This conference is generously Supported by JP and Renu Sethi Foundation and the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies

Conference Planning Committee:

  • Dr. Veena Howard, Coordinator Peace and Conflict Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
  • Dr. Andrew Fiala (Department of Philosophy, Director, Ethics Center)

Coordinator & Organizer: Dr. Veena R. Howard,