Friday, November 8, 2013
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
111 Thayer Street
Reception to follow
Fall 2013 OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture Series with independent scholar Ram Guha
Join us for the FINAL lecture in this three part lecture series titled: "Arguments with Gandhi"
Lecture III: WAS GANDHI AN ENVIRONMENTALIST?
Commentator: J. Timmons Roberts, Brown
Gandhi is known (and admired) as a critic of colonialism, as a theorist and practitioner of non-violence, as a religious pluralist, and as an advocate of gender and caste equality. Of late, attention is also being paid to his work as a writer and editor. And there were yet other aspects to his life and thought. Thus, this lecture will argue that in some crucial ways Gandhi anticipated the environmental crisis that humanity finds itself in today. I will construct a ‘Gandhian’ environmental philosophy from clues in his writings, and explore how his ideas have shaped and influenced environmental struggles in India and beyond.