Longtime St. Bonaventure University Professor of Philosophy Dr. Barry Gan will give the keynote address at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sunday.
The speech will be live streamed on the U.N.'s web TV portal at approximately 10:15 a.m.
The speech takes place on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, now the International Day of Nonviolence.
“I am, of course, humbled and honored to have been invited to make this presentation,” Gan said. “I look forward to being able to share Gandhi’s philosophy with diplomats from around the world. The U.N. has done well to set aside annually a day to reflect on Gandhi and nonviolence.”
Invited by the Permanent Mission of India to speak on the relevance of Gandhi today, Gan’s speech will focus on Gandhi’s understanding of nonviolence, as well as climate change and the duties of nations toward refugees.
Gan will be on a panel with the president of the General Assembly and the Indian ambassador to the United Nations. They will speak to an assembled group of about 500 dignitaries.
Gan, director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure, has served as editor of The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society since 1990. Gan holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester. His most recent book, “Violence and Nonviolence: An Introduction,” focuses on the topics of punishment and nonviolent resistance.
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