FACT SHEET The 2005 Gandhian Conference for Nonviolence October 14-15, 2005 The Gandhian Conference for Nonviolence, started in 2004, is an annual two-day conference held in Memphis, Tenn., that seeks to bring together academics, activists and the general public to apply Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence to contemporary issues. This year’s topic is “Gandhian Nonviolence: Personal Transformation, Political Revolution, and Social Justice.” The conference format includes discussions, workshops, academic papers and presentations from guest speakers based on Gandhi’s principles, ideas and practices. Guest speakers for the 2005 conference include author and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi; three-time Nobel peace prize nominee and peace activist Kathy Kelly; Dr. Luther Ivory, expert in the theology of Dr. Martin Luther King; Mark Juergensmeyer, director of Global and International Studies and professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Dr. Ken Butigan, communications and development coordinator of Pace e Bene, an international organization that offers training and resources in spirituality and the practice of active nonviolence. The conference is co-sponsored by M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the National Conference for Community and Justice and is hosted by Christian Brothers University and Rhodes College, all based in Memphis, Tenn. Approximately 300 people from 27 states, Canada and Puerto Rico attended the first conference held in 2004. For more information about the conference, to register or to view presentation papers from 2004, visit www.gandhiinstitute.org/2005conference.cfm.
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