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Inspiring change: Dr Ela Gandhi to speak in Sydney Jan 30 & 31

Dr Ela Gandhi (Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi) will be in Sydney 30th and 31st January 2015 with courtesy of University of New South Wales who have invited and hosted her to deliver their annual Gandhi Oration on 30 January 2015.

International Centre of Nonviolence Australia (ICON) in partnerships has organised the following two events on Saturday 31st January:

The power of nonviolence as a means of inspiring change

ICON Australia in partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

Saturday 31 January 2015, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

University of Technology Sydney, Broadway Sydney

CB10 Aerial UTS Function Centre, Building 10, 235 Jones street, Ultimo

SGI invitation EGSocial Activism and Peace Q&A

ICON Australia in partnership with Soka Gakkai International Australia (SGI)
Saturday 31 January 2015, 3:00–6:00 pm

SGI Australia Culture Centre, 3 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park
Exchange program with Dr Ela Gandhi and the moderator Dr Julian Droogan followed by intimate Q&A session highlighting Dr Ela Gandhi’s thoughts and experiences. Dr Julian Droogan, a Senior lecturer and editor has in his research projects the topics including ongoing program looking at Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Australia, especially at ways that academics and industry can work together to produce CVE outcomes.

Gandhi Oration on 30 January 2015

Friday 30 January 2015, 5.15pm for 5.30pm start
“Professor Fred Hilmer AO, President and Vice-Chancellor UNSW Australia and Dr Neville Roach AO, Patron of the Australia India Institute at UNSW have pleasure in inviting people to join them for the Remembrance Ceremony and Annual Gandhi Oration at UNSW.
The Gandhi Oration is delivered each year by a person whose life’s work exemplifies the ideals of Gandhi. We are delighted to announce that the 2015 Oration will be presented by Ms Ela Gandhi; the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi who has been active in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa for many years and was under house arrest for nine years during the struggle against apartheid. Ms Gandhi is the guardian of the Phoenix Settlement, the iconic centre established by Mahatma Gandhi and founded the International Centre on Non-Violence (ICON) of which there is an Australian Chapter. Ms Gandhi was among the members of the United Democratic Front who met with Nelson Mandela prior to his release from Pollsmoor Prison on 11 February 1990. She remains a champion of women’s rights and a strong advocate of the teaching of the principles of nonviolence at everylevel of education, starting at the formative pre-primary age. Ms Gandhi served as a member of the Parliament in South Africa from 1994 to 2004, where she aligned with the African National Congress(ANC) Party. Guests are encouraged to attend both the Ceremony and the Oration.”