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NIACC Hosts Arun Gandhi’s Presentation Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World

The NIACC Leadership Series presents: Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World, a riveting presentation by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the North Iowa Area Community Auditorium. The NIACC Leadership Series are presented in partnership with Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa, Globe Gazette Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Fund, Winnebago Industries Foundation, Principal Financial Group. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Born in 1934 at Durban, South Africa, Arun is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and by “black” South Africans for being too white. Arun soon sought eye-for-an-eye justice.

However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering. Mahatma taught Arun to understand non-violence through understanding violence. “If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another, we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world,” Mahatma said.

Arun Gandhi will share his unique reflections on the personal and historical legacy of his grandfather. Mahatma’s teachings left a legacy which is persistent in sending a message of integrity, social harmony, non-violence, inclusion and peace in the wake of terrorism, international conflicts, immigration debates, and religious, political, and ideological differences that threaten our future as national and global citizens.

For tickets to hear Arun Gandhi, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at For more information about this show, you can visit to learn more.

Platinum sponsors for the 2010-2011 series include NIACC, Globe Gazette Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Fund; the Globe Gazette; Alliant Energy; Henkel Construction; Kraft Foods; Mason City Clinic; Winnebago Industries Foundation; and Principal Financial Group. Gold sponsors include Dr. Dave and Cathy Beck; Community National Bank; Diamond Jo Casino; First Citizens National Bank; First State Bank of Belmond; Mercy Medical Center ñ North Iowa; Martin, Cooney, MacNider & Cooney, Financial Consultants of Raymond James and Associates, Inc.; Sukup Manufacturing; Dr. Gary W. Swenson & Dean A. Genth; and The Soener Foundation. In-kind sponsors include Country Inns & Suites and KIMT.

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