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Gandhi Grandson to Give Asian World Center Presidential Lecture

Rajmohan Gandhi will present the Asian World Center Presidential Lecture, “Larger than Politics, the Worlds of Lincoln, King and Gandhi,” at 7 p.m. on April 23 in the auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center. A reception will be held prior to the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the India Association of Nebraska.

Creighton University President Timothy R. Lannon. S.J., will present Gandhi with a presidential medallion and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will present him with a key to the city at the lecture.

Rajmohan Gandhi, born in New Delhi, India in 1935, is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather for more than 50 years, pursuing trust-building, reconciliation and democracy among nations. Gandhi continues to encourage dialogue among different people and has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, Indo-Pakistan relations, human rights and conflict resolution.

Gandhi is a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Two of his books will be available for sale at the event. The biography of his father, Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire (University of California Press, 2008) and A Tale of Two Revolts (Haus Publishing 2011). The books will also be available in the Creighton University bookstore in the Mike and Josie Harper Center, April 19-25.