FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 9, 2007
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Grandson of Gandhi to speak at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Arun Gandhi, the grandson of
legendary spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, will
address students of The Ina E. Gordy Honors College
at Mississippi University for Women on Thursday,
Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the
Nissan Auditorium, located in Parkinson Hall.
Gandhi was born in apartheid-era South Africa, and
because of confrontations he had and his desire to
fight back, he was sent to visit his grandfather at
the age of 12.
During his 18-month stay with his grandfather,
Gandhi experienced firsthand the philosophy of
nonviolence, which set a foundation for the rest of
After arriving in the United States in 1988, Gandhi
and his wife founded the M. K. Gandhi Institute for
Nonviolence, located at Christian Brothers
University in Memphis. The Institute’s mission is to
“foster understanding of nonviolence and to put the
philosophy to practical use through workshops,
lectures, and community outreach programs.”
Gandhi has spoken before hundreds of colleges and
universities, as well as corporate and civic
organizations. He’s spoken in various countries,
including Croatia, France, Ireland, Holland,
Lithuania and Nicaragua.
The Ina E. Gordy Honors College at MUW supports the
intellectual development of highly motivated,
high-performing undergraduate students. With nearly
100 participants, The Ina E. Gordy Honors College
offers courses and field trips as well as an honors
residence hall, a study abroad program and
opportunities for student research. Over a year ago,
the late Ina E. Gordy endowed the Honors College.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Eric Daffron,
director of the Honors College, at 662-241-6850 or
by email at