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Great Thinkers of Nonviolence                                                 Shrimati Kamala, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Center,             Washington D.C.

Nonviolence according to Gandhi is not a legislative or political process. It evolves as the pure conduct of character. Gandhi approached the problems of "man's inhumanity to man"personally, i.e. with the power and commitment of his own essential humanity. He found ways to realize the loftiest dimensions of its principles in the most simple and practical daily means.  Who practices ahimsa?                                                  Srimati Kamala's talk and discussion elaborates on Mahatma Gandhi's teachings with reference to American  and world teachers.

The Man We Least Understood.                            Professor Melvin R. Sylvester,                                                     C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University.

This is a narrative discourse on the life encounters of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., a journey which starts with his birth and ends with his death in 1968. It unfolds the story of a man destined to lead America towards a peaceful resolution of racial conflict and unjust practices against African Americans. From 1955 until his untimely death, Dr. King was able to achieve a milestone in the advancement of Civil Rights.  This remarkable man had now become a catalyst for momentous changes in the area of Public Accommodations, Housing, Voting Rights, Schools and Tranportation. America is a better country today due to his intuitive efforts and the use of non-violent passive resistance along with peace and love. This lecture captures the essense of his work and his enormous spirit.                                  

Ahimsa and Animal Liberation.                                   Dr. Maithili Schmidt-Raghavan, Professor in Philosophy,            C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University.

The animal liberation movement, a product of the seventies, is still relatively young. Advocates of animal liberation in the West have focused exclusively on animal rights to make their case. The preoccupation with rights has led them off in the wrong direction.  In her lecture she argues that a more promising approach to the subject is to be found in the concept of dharma - a Sanskrit term for duty. A brief survey of the development of the Dharma of Ahimsa (nonviolence) will serve to illustrate the significance of the idea for the animal liberation movement.

Conflict Resolution: The Sword vs. the Table.              Dr. Roslyn Muraskin,                                                                   Assoc. Dean, School of Public Service of College of Management, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University.                                  

The idea of conflict is rarely viewed as an enjoyable process -- yet it can have positive possibilities. Conflict, i.e. disagreement, argument, and dispute, is neither good nor bad. It is however, inevitable. It is something that cannot be avoided, somewhat like when you get the urge to sneeze. Society recognizes that there needs to be put into place procedures when actions intrude on individual's rights. Viewing conflict in a positive manner allows us to clarify issues and concerns. In fact, we can go so far as to demonstrate that an atmosphere that exists without conflict does not always indicate a healthy situation -- it may in fact be a sign of repression.  Laws are developed as are their mechanisms for trying to untangle those conflicts that cannot be prevented. We will examine these laws and how thy come into being applied in situations where  conflicts are evident.

I Sing the Body Pacific. Dr. Arthur Lothstein, Chair, Philosophy Department,                                                                  C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University.

A free associative philosophic meditation on the possibility of peace, inspired by American poetic writing, specially Walt Whitman, and the Taoist Zen, and left-wing psychoanalytic tradition.                                                                                            

 

       B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library          C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University