Peace Studies Conference features Gandhi's grandson

The grandson of legendary India leader and peace activist Mahatma Gandhi will speak at the 23rd annual CSB/SJU Peace Studies Conference Sept. 26-27 at CSB.

Rajmohan Gandhi speaks on "Gandhi in the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at 204 Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, CSB.

Gandhi is a journalist and author who has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, Indo-Pakistan relations, human rights and conflict resolution. His comprehensive biography of his grandfather was published in 2006 to critical acclaim. Gandhi, who is the president of Initiatives of Change International, is a research professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The conference continues on Monday, Sept. 27, with multiple sessions.

  • Patricia Mische speaks on "Justice, Peace and Environmental Sustainability" at 1 p.m. at Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center, CSB. Mische recently retired as the Lloyd Professor of Peace Studies and World Law at Antioch College, and is the co-founder and current president of Global Education Associates.
  • Two concurrent sessions begin at 2:40 p.m. Steven Thomas, assistant professor of English at CSB/SJU, presents "A Theology of Development, Women's Empowerment and the Environment in Ethiopia: The Gudina Tumsa Foundation" in 204A Gorecki Dining and Conference Center. Julie Andrzejewski, co-coordinator of the Social Responsibility Program at St. Cloud State University, presents "Peace and the Environment: Exploring the Connections" in 204B Gorecki Dining and Conference Center.
  • Derek Larson, associate professor of history and environmental studies at CSB/SJU, and Theo Eggermont, sustainability fellow at CSB/SJU, present "Environmental Sustainability in Higher Education" at 4:15 p.m. in 204A Gorecki Dining and Conference Center.
  • A panel discussion on "Fr. John Kaiser and the Struggle for Human Rights in Kenya, 2000-2010" concludes the conference at 7:30 p.m. in 204 Gorecki Dining and Conference Center. The panel includes the Rev. William Vos, a retired priest of the St. Cloud Diocese who was a close friend of Kaiser; Dean Urdahl, who has written a book on the death of Kaiser, The Collar and the Gun; and Cyprian K'Oywa, chair of the leadership team in the Homa Bay, Kenya, Diocese that has a partnership with the St. Cloud Diocese.

Kaiser, a native of Perham, Minn., was a graduate of Saint John's Preparatory School and attended SJU for two years before joining the Army. He worked in Kenya following his ordination as a priest in 1964. He was killed in Kenya under mysterious circumstances in 2000.

The conference is co-sponsored by CSB/SJU Peace studies, environmental studies and the Asian studies; Amnesty International; the Peace Studies Club; the African Studies Learning Community; and the master's program in social responsibility at St. Cloud State.