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Course Description

In this 150th year since his birth (1869), let's investigate how Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became Gandhi, the Mahatma (great spirit), and practiced nonviolent resistance (satyagraha). Was it through a single experience of revelation or epiphany, as, for example, the movie Gandhi asserts? Or was it an inevitable outcome of his Hinduism and Indian culture in combination with his personal charisma, as W. E. B. Du Bois believed? Gandhi would have rejected both these explanations. He understood his life as a series of “experiments with truth,” the phrase he used to title his autobiography. Come learn about Gandhi's experiments—intentional and unintentional, successes and failures—with British vegetarians, poisonous snakes, Theosophists, rabid dogs, suffragettes, military recruitment, and chastity, and what he learned from them.  Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos 
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