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2007.01.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Arun Gandhi to Speak at UNO Social Work's Gandhi Award Presentation

Omaha - Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, will attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Social Work's Annual Symposium, featuring the Gandhi Award, on Friday, April 6. Arun Gandhi is a co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

"This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to see and hear someone who is dedicated to social activism and justice on every level," said Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of the UNO School of Social Work. "Arun Gandhi has taught and given presentations around the world; we are very fortunate that he is coming to UNO."

The Institute for Nonviolence was founded in 1991.

Arun Gandhi will take an active role in the day-long symposium and give a presentation at the Gandhi Award luncheon. His keynote address is titled "Lessons Learned From Grandfather." Both the symposium and luncheon will be held at the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center. Space for both is limited.

The UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action—which are consistent with social work values. This is the 10th anniversary year for the award. Carol Windrum is the 2007 recipient. Windrum founded "Peace with Justice Ministries" under the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"Having Arun Gandhi with us makes this event even more special to the School of Social Work and UNO," Barron-McKeagney said. "He is an active presenter and participant, and those taking part in the symposium will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

The cost to attend the symposium (which includes the luncheon) is $50 for students, $100 for non-students. The cost to attend only the luncheon is $25.

Barron-McKeagney said she expects a cross section of community members and the university to attend. The Omaha Public Schools will be selecting high school students to take part, as well.

Continuing education units will be available for social workers.

For more information, call (402) 554-2792 or 554-2793.

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Arun Gandhi, 72, worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. Together, he and his wife, Sunanda, started projects for the social and economic betterment of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence. He is also the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa. He then wrote two books on poverty and politics in India, followed by a compilation of M.K. Gandhi's Wit & Wisdom.

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