Gandhi's Grandson Speaks at Virginia Tech

Aug 22, 2013

Arun Gandhi, grandson of the legendary spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, will speak about his grandfather’s views on education and their relevance today, at Virginia Tech on Sunday evening. 

Arun Gandhi was born in 1934 in Durban, Apartheid era, South Africa.  The fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohatma Ghandi, he came to the U.S. in 1987 to research and study racism in America and founded the Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester in 1991.

According to organizers of his presentation, Arun Gandhi will challenge the idea of neo-Liberalism in higher education– the theory that capitalism solves all problems.  According to Ben Sax, Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech, Gandhi’s talk will examine the impact on education and society of universities becoming more like corporations and explore how education can adapt to change ahead in the twenty first century.

It’s is part of a series that explores important issues in higher education and aimed at encouraging intellectual and professional collaboration across disciplines at Virginia Tech.

Arun Gandhi will speak this Sunday August 25th at 7:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg.