Mahatma Gandhi Community Forum

Lester Kurtz
  • Male
  • Fairfax, VA
  • United States
Share on Facebook
  • Blog Posts
  • Discussions
  • Groups
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos

Lester Kurtz's Friends

  • Prof. Dr. Yogendra Yadav
  • Gene Chapman
  • Dr. Ravindra Kumar
  • Ranjana Kanti
  • Arch
  • Selina Gallo-Cruz
  • Om Prakash Joshi
  • Amadio Bianchi
  • Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj
  • Kuesta
  • GandhiServe Foundation

Gifts Received


Lester Kurtz has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift


Lester Kurtz's Page

Profile Information

In regard to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi I am a / we are an
About me / us
Lester Kurtz is professor of sociology at George Mason University, where he teaches comparative sociology of religion, peace and conflict, globalization, and both western and nonwestern social theory.

He was previously director of Religious Studies at Texas and holds a Master's in Religion from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

He is the editor of a 3-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (Academic/Elsevier), co-editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell’s), and The Web of Violence (U. of Illinois Press) as well as author of books and articles including Gods in the Global Village (Pine Forge/Sage), The Nuclear Cage (Prentice-Hall) and The Politics of Heresy (U. of California Press), which received the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s Distinguished Book Award. He is currently working on books on Gandhi's Paradox and Gods and Bombs, as well as a documentary film, "Peaceful Warriors: The History of Nonviolence," with James Otis.

Dr. Kurtz is the past chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as well as the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, which awarded him its Robin Williams Distinguished Career Award in 2005. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Delhi University in India, and Tunghai University in Taiwan.
I am / We are member of the following institution(s)
George Mason University
Address and contact details
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
George Mason University
4400 University Dr. MS 3G5
Fairfax, VA 22030

Comment Wall (9 comments)

You need to be a member of GandhiTopia to add comments!

Join GandhiTopia

At 9:35 on October 4, 2016, Midshot-an experiment with truth said…

Movie: Midshot- an experiment with truth based on Gandhi- Godse ideology.

Watch Now- you can contact me at

Synopsis: "MID SHOT- an experiment with truth is about the travails of a director, Ram Bhardwaj who tries to unravel the assassination of his ideal, Mahatma Gandhi. He starts making a film called G2 which explores the Gandhi- Godse ideological divide. The film, while still in the making, to the director's dismay, becomes a subject of controversy and the distorted projection of it even leads to communal riots. Meanwhile, pressure mounts on the director by vested interests to ideologically slant the film. How the movie on Gandhi then becomes an experiment with truth in his own life and makes him search for answers in his inner self, is what the movie is all about.

At 13:25 on April 11, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

Hello Dear,

How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile,I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on( the full details.

Have a nice day.

Bruno Serra.

At 13:25 on April 11, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

Hello Dear,

How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile,I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on( the full details.

Have a nice day.

Bruno Serra.

At 11:54 on July 6, 2014, Stephen Awudi Gadri said…

Dear Professor,

Congratulations to your academic excellence in the field of humanity.Our brilliant but needy students in Ghana are interested in your university scholarship program. Allow me to use this platform to initial discussion with you regarding how some of our Ghanaian needy students can benefit some of your programs. It is my experience desire to co-ordinate your activities in Ghana. Your guidelines will be appropriate.

I am praying this will help open the eyes of the youth in non-violence international course on Gandhi;s philosophy. Praying for good relationship.

At 17:44 on February 29, 2012, Prof. Dr. Yogendra Yadav said…

I am a gandhian scholor. & have a deep knoledge in Gandhian philosphy. Now I am working in Gandhi Research Foundation, Jalgaon. I am requesting friendship with you.

At 14:05 on March 13, 2010, David Slesinger said…
I live nearby in Baltimore. Hope you will get in touch. 410-499-5403
At 14:40 on February 22, 2010, Ranjana Kanti said…
India Redefined the movement which I started last year& got award for ,'The Best Humanitarian Initiative of the Year
has started three different projects- "I Care", " Educate India", "Develop Your Village".Join & be with me in Redefining India.

India Redefined draws its inspiration from Gandhian Movement which was a revolution focused on independence. It was also about specific actions like non- cooperation by citizens. We are just trying to apply many Gandhiji's principles’ in this era, in this society and during these times. Maybe in a different flavor! Maybe the context is different! Maybe it’s a different world! But the goal is same! He also wanted India a better place to live in.

Thousands of people have joined this movement across the globe but we have only 37 Chapter co-ordinators till now to take on the responsibility, by rotation in different cities of India.It is voluntary work. If you want to suggest anyone's names for Chapter coordinator, then please send me a mail regarding this at
At 14:25 on March 5, 2009, GS Chandy said…
I strongly commend your joint efforts with James Otis to force the Indian government to do something significant to promote Gandhian thinking and living.

However, I believe that, in the conventional way, progress will be miniscule (relative to what is needed to change things around in our world in a time-frame that will have any adequate effect on this world). This is largely because of the 'language' we conventionally use to communicate about and debate on complex issues such as the need for non-violent resolution of disputes, ecological sanity, and economics that preserves our environment instead of destroying it, energy and resource depletion and so on. The major problem with our conventional means of discourse ('prose' which we are currently using at this forum) is that it is extremely difficult - perhaps even impossible - to convey the 'inter-relatedness of things' using prose alone. This leads to fruitless argumentation and "running 'round and 'round the mulberry bush" at practically all stages - leading to enormous frustrations and anger and even violence war sometimes, instead of civil and rational discourse on issues arising, based on the commonsense that we should be using in society. (I am NOT claiming that *all* disputes can be resolved in a civil manner through the understanding of the 'relatedness of things' - but a great many of them can indeed be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. We simply cannot do this through the use in our civil discourse of our conventional prose).

I am NOT suggesting by any means that we should let things be - allow our world to go "go down the tube"! I do suggest that we do need some 'enhancement' to the language we use to discuss and debate complex issues, systems issues, and so on. I strongly recommend what I call 'prose + structural graphics' (p+sg) - where the structural graphics enables us to articulate, express, discuss and argue about the relationships between the factors in the complex systems we need to deal with. I do claim that the widespread use of p+sg in our discourse could significantly help rational and commonsense thinking based on environmental reality to become the norm (rather than being the exception that it is today).

It is worth observing that the fundamental scientific developments that led to the development of p+sg as a practical tool for you and me and everyone else to use were discovered/invented by someone who retired from George Mason University just a few years ago! I refer to the seminal contributions of Professor John N. Warfield to (a practically usable) systems science. Check out "The John N. Warfield Collection" that is held the GMU library - also see for all the references you may need to the origins of what I describe as a 'usable systems science'.

If you'd like to see p+sg in its most easily usable form - through which it can be directly used to help people create effective Action Planning based on their own current good ideas to accomplish any complex Mission*, I shall be happy happy to send you information about the 'One Page Management System' (OPMS) - a powerful generic aid to problem solving and decision making based on Warfield's contributions to systems science. I can send this material to you as attachments to an email message - a Powerpoint presentation and some Word documents about 1.5 to 2 MB in size. If you feel interested in/intrigued by my claims for the OPMS, I shall be most happy to make freely available to you/your students/others interested the prototype OPMS software, which will enable people to construct the structural graphics models that would help visually show relationships between factors in complex systems - I shall also be happy to provide needed guidance to use the OPMS on real Missions of current interest - e.g. "To ensure the Indian government takes practical steps to promote Gandhian thinking and living worldwide". (No fees or charges for any such worthy Mission).

Please do feel free to seek any clarifications or further information required.

I shall look forward most keenly to hearing from you,

Warm regards
At 11:57 on February 2, 2009, Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj said…
Dear Les, Nice to see your page, very impresive, carrhy on, blessings and love, Arya.

GandhiTopia is a free service by GandhiServe Foundation. You can support GandhiTopia by a donation or by buying our GandhiTopia products.

Thank you!

GandhiTopia Store



© 2020   Created by GandhiServe Foundation.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service