Philosophy Professor Dr. Douglas Allen, a prominent Mahatma Gandhi scholar, philosopher, author of over 15 books and peace activist from the University of Maine, will give a speech entitled, “Mahatma Gandhi for Us Today: An Ethical Life of Nonviolence and Peace” on Wednesday, April 4, at Fresno State.

Allen’s lecture will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the North Gym, Room 118. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for students and community members to learn about Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and peace from a renowned scholar and a dedicated peace activist who practices what he teaches,” said Dr. Veena Howard, director of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Howard, whose recent research focuses on Gandhi and his influence on Martin Luther King Junior and Cesar Chavez, said Allen’s academic and activist work is exemplary and significant in the current discourse on the ethics of nonviolence.

Allen has spent more than 50 years as an antiwar, peace and justice, activist scholar and practitioner starting with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. The lecture will focus on what we can learn from Gandhi’s philosophy and practice today.

Co-sponsors for this event are the College of Arts and Humanities, Peace and Conflict Studies ProgramPhilosophy Department, Ethics Center, President’s Commission for Human Relations and Equity, JP and Renu Sethi Foundation’s Gandhi’s Event and Legacy Lecture Fund, Cross Cultural and Gender Center and the Gandhi Memorial Education Fund.

The event is free and open to the public.