Veena Howard, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Fresno Dr. Howard is the author of many works, including Gandhi’s Ascetic Activism: Renunciation and Social Change. Dr. Howard was born and educated in India, received her Ph.D. in the United Kingdom, and has had many years of teaching in the United States. Her teaching, research, and service has focused on Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and other American peace activists, issues of violence and nonviolence, peace and conflict issues, multiculturalism, gender issues, and multiculturalism.
“Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy of Nonviolence: Issues in the Bhagavad-Gita for Nonviolent Action”
Abstract: Dr. Howard will focus on the Bhagavad-Gita, the best-known Hindu scripture and Gandhi’s favorite text, on which he meditated every day, and his surprising claim that the Gita is a gospel of nonviolence. Veena Howard will interact with Doug Allen’s scholarship of Gandhi’s philosophy and his interpretation of Gandhi and the Gita, and she will also present her own scholarship on these philosophical issues of great significance for our world today.