Dean Chapman, Dr. Howard present Jain and Hindu Endowed Chair at international Jain conference

Dr. Honora Chapman, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities in the Peace Garden at Fresno State.

Dr. Honora Chapman, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Dr. Veena Howard, professor of philosophy and the first Endowed Chair in Jain and Hindu Dharma, gave a brief presentation about the new chair and the importance of Jain and Hindu history, art, philosophies and traditions and their excitement about the upcoming programs at Fresno State at the 21st Biennial JAINA Convention.

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Sikh symposium spotlights Guru Nanak’s teachings of universal love, oneness and justice

Left: Dr. Nikky Kaur Singh, Right: Dr. Simran Jeet Singh. A tapestry with an image of Guru Nanak is in the center.

“Guru Nanak’s teachings can be very relevant in today’s world as we are dealing with issues of divisions, bigotry, hatred, and distrust,” said Dr. Veena Howard, Associate Professor of Philosophy and event organizer and moderator. “Nanak was one of the first leaders who focused on interfaith harmony while upholding the dignity of the human.”

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Featured Supporter: The Ravi and Naina Patel Foundation

Left to right: Amar Patel, Naina Patel, Ravi Patel and Rashi Patel

“Whether we believe in it or not, the universe is interested in the greater good of everybody. It’s the impulse of life which promotes the wellbeing from the smallest of seeds to the biggest of elephants. The only way to be connected to the music of life is to be interested in the greater good of the universe.” ~ Dr. Ravi Patel

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Civil rights leader celebrates new Gandhi Center

Rev. James Lawson speaks at Fresno State.

On Feb. 18, Rev. James Lawson Jr. joined a Zoom gathering with Drs. Ravi and Naina Patel, community members, campus leaders, students and faculty from Fresno State as they announced the creation of the “M.K. Gandhi Center: Inner Peace and Sarvodaya.” 

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