Ahimsa Center Presents Nonviolence Lecture and Workshop Led by International Peace Expert Johan Galtung


Ahimsa Center Presents Nonviolence Lecture and Workshop Led by International Peace Expert Johan Galtung
World-renowned peace and conflict studies expert Johan Galtung will present a public lecture and workshop on Nov. 21 and 23.

The Ahimsa Center in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences will present a public lecture and workshop with world-renowned peace and conflict studies expert Johan Galtung on Nov. 21 and 23.

Galtung is a professor of peace studies at the University of Hawaii, University of Witten/Herdecke, the European Peace University and the University of Tromsoe. He established the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo in 1959 and launched the Journal of Peace Research in 1964. In 1993, Galtung founded TRANSCEND, a global peace and development organization that includes a network of nearly 100 scholars and activists trained in conflict analysis.

As part of a Gita and Tulsi Savani Public Lecture, Galtung will discuss “Gandhi, Nonviolence and Contemporary Conflicts: Washington, Al-Qaeda and Kashmir” on Sunday, Nov. 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Music Recital Hall (Building 24, Room 191). The event is free, but donations to the Ahimsa Center will be accepted. Space is limited.

He will present a one-day workshop on “Nonviolent Conflict Transformation: The TRANSCEND Approach  Addressing Conflict with Empathy, Nonviolence and Creativity” on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Heritage Conference Center in the CLA Building 98, eighth floor. The workshop fees, including lunch and refreshments, are as follows if received by Nov. 15: general $120, students and K-12 educators $85. After Nov. 15, cost to attend is $150 for all participants.

Galtung is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates and other honors and awards including the Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”), the Norwegian Humanist Prize and the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian values outside India.

He has served as a consultant to several United Nations agencies and has played an active role in helping mediate in more than 50 major conflicts around the world during the past four decades.

Galtung has published hundreds of articles and more than 50 books, including Human Rights in Another Key, Peace by Peaceful Means, Gandhi's Political Ethics and Searching for Peace: the Road to TRANSCEND.

For more information on Galtung's upcoming events at Cal Poly Pomona, visit www.cpp.edu/ahimsacenter. To reserve space at the lecture or workshop, contact professor Tara Sethia, director of the Ahimsa Center, at (909) 869-3868 or by e-mail at tsethia@cpp.edu.

Ahimsa is an eastern philosophy of revering all life and refraining from harm to any living thing. The university's Ahimsa Center is dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its practical applications at various levels: personal, familial, communal, national and international.