Ela Gandhi, Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi,
Presents at the Program on Negotiation Symposium
on Nonviolent Struggles at Harvard Law School
CAMBRIDGE, MA (November 15, 2006)—Is peace possible? Mahatma Gandhi thought so, and
look at what he accomplished. In 1947, his philosophy of nonviolent resistance, called
Satyagraha (suht-yuh-gruh-huh) resulted in the liberation of India from British rule.
Martin Luther King Jr. thought peace was possible when he adopted the concept of Satyagraha
during the Civil Rights Movement.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance, and
the question continues to be asked: Is peace possible in a world filled with conflict?
Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and former member of Parliament in South
Africa, will be examining this question during a symposium on Monday, December 4, 2006,
sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (www.pon.harvard.edu).
The symposium entitled Negotiation: The Hidden Dimension of the Nonviolent Struggles of
Our Era, will also feature one of the world’s leading negotiation specialists and co-author of the
ongoing best seller Getting to Yes, William L. Ury. Dr. Ury is the co-founder of the Program on
Negotiation and the director of the Global Negotiation Project.
The objective of the symposium is to increase understanding between the fields of negotiation
and strategic nonviolent action by creating awareness, reviewing effective strategies participants’
can use when engaging in conflict, and stimulating future research endeavors.
The symposium will be comprised of two sessions: An examination of the elements of
negotiation within historical nonviolent struggles; followed by a discussion of how negotiation
and nonviolent action strategies can be used to analyze and address current conflicts.
This symposium is one in a series of events exploring the intersection of negotiation and strategic
Negotiation: The Hidden Dimension of the Nonviolent Struggles of our Era
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Date: Monday, December 4, 2006
Time: 1:30 pm -5:00 pm
Event sponsor: Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Global Negotiation
Location: Ropes Gray Room (Pound Hall 212)
A reception will follow.
About the Program on Negotiation
The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (PON) is a world-renowned research
center committed to improving the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute
resolution. As a consortium of faculty, students and staff from Harvard University,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and other Boston area
universities, PON draws from many disciplines, including law, business, government,
psychology, economics, anthropology and education. PON presents lectures, discussions,
classes, and conferences in addition to producing books, periodicals and training
materials that feature the research and achievements of scholars and practitioners. For
more information, please visit www.pon.harvard.edu.
About the Global Negotiation Project
The Global Negotiation Project is one of the research projects under the auspices of the
Program on Negotiation. It engages in a number of activities at the global, international
and intrastate conflict levels including: research and writing, teaching and training, and
peacebuilding projects. Its current activities include The Abraham Path Initiative, Both
and Project and the Third Side. For more information, please click here.