Our World, Our Heritage, As Seen Through the Eyes of the
Champions of Peace
September 11 through October 11, 2005

Skokie Public Library has teamed up with the Gandhi Memorial Trust Fund to plan a special celebration of World Peace and Unity in the Skokie community.  Library Director Carolyn Anthony filmed a video segment with North Suburban Library Director Sarah Long explaining the background of the month's special events.  View the video in any of these formats:

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PhotoGuest Lecture by Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
Sunday, September 11 at 3:00pm

The month will kick-off with a lecture by Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. An esteemed scholar, PhotoProfessor Gandhi has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, Indian-Pakistani relations, globalization, human rights, and conflict resolution. He has held appointments as a visiting professor around the world, served as a member of the upper house of India's parliament, and led the Indian government delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission annual meeting in Geneva. He is currently the academic director of the Global Crossroads program and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The topic of his speech is "Mohandas K. Gandhi: A Nonviolent Approach to Achieving World Peace, Harmony, and Brotherhood."

Roundtable Discussions About Peace
Thursday, September 15 at 7:00
Thursday, September 22 at 7:00

Two roundtable discussions on peace will be held with the participation of Chicagoland peace leaders. On Thursday, September 15 at 7:00pm, the topic will be "How Can We Bring About a Positive Social Change?" And on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00pm it will be "Can Nonviolence Work in Today's World?"

Audience participation is expected. Registration is limited to twenty people; call 847.324.3127 to sign up.

Cultural Showcase of Peace
Sunday, September 25 at 3:00

A special cultural afternoon honoring world peace will feature dancers and music from India and Korea.

Audiovisual Talk by Dr. Sriram Sonty
Thursday, September 29 at 7:00pm

Dr. Sriram Sonty will present an audiovisual talk entitled "My Life is My Message: The Life and Legacy of Mohandas K. Gandhi."

The month will also feature a peace exhibit devoted to 20th Century world leaders who have dedicated their lives to promoting change in a peaceful manner.

For more information about this event or the Indian Memorial Trust Foundation, please contact Ashok Eashwaran at ashok3185@yahoo.com.