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(Editor's note: There will be a media question and answer session with Arun Gandhi at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Sun Porch, located near the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.)

Arun Gandhi to present UI Human Rights Lecture Jan. 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arun Gandhi, a nonviolence advocate much like his famed grandfather Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, will deliver this year's annual Human Rights Lecture at the University of Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Arun's lecture, "Why the Gandhi and King Dreams Remained Unfilled," is drawn from his book of a similar title and will describe how he believes all people can improve race relations with efforts embodied by Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Arun dedicated himself to helping other people when at 23, he founded the Center for Social Unity, an Indian organization tasked to mollify caste system discrimination and poverty by helping the system's "untouchables" with self-help models of commerce. The center has helped more than 5,000 people in more than 300 villages improve their lives.

In 1991 Arun, a former newspaper reporter, founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, an organization dedicated to teaching the philosophy of nonviolence. Arun is a scholar-in-residence at the "hands-on" community service institute located at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.

Arun's most recent historical book, "Gandhi for Youth" was written for young readers, and his earlier work "Testament to Truth," is a compilation of his grandfather's writings. Arun is the editor of "World Without Violence: Can Gandhi's Vision Become Reality?" an anthology published in 1994.

The lecture is a featured event of Martin Luther King Human Rights Week Jan. 18-24, a week filled with campus-wide programs and speakers that coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations to the event should call the Office of Student Life at 335-3059.

1/11/99