FSU to Present Philosophical Forum on Ghandian Philosophy and Nonviolence
Frostburg State University will hold its Spring 2013 Philosophical Forum, “The Gandhian Philosophy of Nonviolence in African Liberation Movements: Lessons for Our Time,” on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Atkinson Room 232 of the Lane University Center. Dr. Gail Presbey, professor of philosophy at University of Detroit Mercy, will be the guest speaker at this event sponsored by the FSU Philosophy Department. The lecture will be followed by a free-ranging discussion between Presbey and the audience.
The lecture will explain how the anti-colonial resistance in several African countries, including those we know now as Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia, was shaped by ideas and methods of nonviolence espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and how the Gandhian philosophy continued to influence South Africa, where Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance was first implemented before he moved to India. Early on, Africans in many countries implemented nonviolent protests and boycotts that put pressure on colonial governments, with women playing central roles in these movements. Importantly, resistance movements in Africa pre-date Gandhi's influence as well. Becoming aware of the wide range of examples of nonviolent action from Africa will help shed light on how nonviolent resistance works. This historical perspective can also debunk stereotypes of Africa as an inherently violent place.
This event is organized with the support of the workshop/speaker grant of FSU Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee, the African American Studies Program and the Office of the Provost.
For more information about the forum lecture, contact Dr. Jean-Marie Makang at 301-687-3089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:00pm
Lane Center Atkinson Room
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg