September 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

Gawande Lecture: Interreligious Dialogue as Friendship, Sept. 25

The new Gawande Lecture Series presents “Interreligious Dialogue as Friendship: Mahatma Gandhi and C.F. Andrews,” a talk by Professor Anantanand Rambachan of St. Olaf College on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Baker Center 231.

A leading authroity on Hindu philosophy and interreligious dialogue, Rambachan is the author of The Advaita Worldview: God, World and Humanity, The Hindu Vision, and Gitamrtam: The Essential Teachings of the Bhagavadgita.

Anantanand Rambachan

Anantanand Rambachan

He delivered a lecture series on Hinduism broadcast around the world by the BBC. He is an adviser to Harvard University’s Pluralism Project and a member of the International Advisory Council for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and has been awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal by the government of Trinidad and Tobago for his public service. In 2003 and 2004, he delivered the invocation address at the historic White House celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande also have established the Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy. This gift was given by Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande and by their non-profit charity, the Student & Education Support Association Inc. (SESA) to establish and endow a chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy that will be held by a scholar of Hinduism with knowledge of Sanskrit, Indian religious traditions, and the writings and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.

And they established the Ram and Sushila Gawande India Endowment to establish an account for the purpose of study abroad, educational outreach, teaching, research, service, and other programming opportunities related to strengthening the partnership between Ohio University and Gopikabai Sitaram Gawande College (“GSG College”). GSG College, located in the rural region of India where Dr. Ram Gawande was born and raised, has grown and developed over the past 25 years under the guidance of the Gawande family, with the generous support of many friends of the Gawande family, members of the Athens community, and Rotary International – Districts 6690 (OH), 6110 (AR, MO, KA & OK), and 3030 (India). This gift is managed by the Center for International Studies.


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