Two Ahimsa Center Events Feature Nonviolence Experts

Two Ahimsa Center Events Feature Nonviolence Experts
A.T. Ariyaratne, founder and president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, will speak at an Ahimsa Center event on Oct. 10.
Author Catherine Ingram will discuss ?Awakened Intelligence and Nonviolence? on Oct. 16 as part of a peace discussion hosted by the Ahimsa Center.

The Ahimsa Center in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences will present two free events with renowned nonviolence experts on Oct. 10 and 16.

On Oct. 10, a dialogue with A.T. Ariyaratne will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the CLA Building, Room P2-07. Ariyaratne is the founder and president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka. The Sarvodaya Movement works in 15,000 villages for social and economic justice for the poor in Sri Lanka. Started 47 years ago, Sarvodaya has mobilized tens of thousands of people to create housing, water projects, solar energy, food production, pre-school programs, legal services, women's projects, orphanages, child welfare agencies, village banks and more.

For his development work and his peace activities, he has received numerous international awards, including: the Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership from the Philippines (1969), the King Boudouin Award for International Development from Belgium (1982), the Niwano Peace Prize from Japan (1992), and the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize from the Government of India (1996).

On Oct. 16, author Catherine Ingram will discuss Awakened Intelligence and Nonviolence at the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor Room. Ingram wrote In the Footsteps of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual/Social Activists. She is also founder of Living Dharma, an educational non-profit organization.

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

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.