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Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and King

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Journeys of Nonviolence:  Gandhi and King

Time: July 12, 2009 at 1pm to July 25, 2009 at 7pm
Location: California State Polytecnic University, Pomona
Street: 3801 West Temple Avenue
City/Town: Pomona, CA 91768
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Phone: (909) 869-3868
Event Type: residential, summer, institute, for, k-12, educators
Organized By: Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona
Latest Activity: Feb 6, 2009

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Event Description

A Residential Fellowship Program for K-12 School Teachers
July 12-25, 2009

Call For Applications

Ahimsa Center’s 2009 Summer Institute for K-12 teachers—the third one in a series on Education about Nonviolence—will focus on Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68), the pioneers of nonviolent action for social transformation. Both Gandhi and King were ordinary human beings who rose to extra-ordinary heights in serving humanity. Both were interested in the moral and spiritual growth of human civilization than simply its material advancement. Although both were active in the politics of the day, neither held a government office. Both dedicated their lives to combat racism, oppression, injustice, violence, war and poverty. Both adopted nonviolence as a principle guiding their actions, and both led by example. They sacrificed their lives for what they believed in. Their journeys, however, were unique and distinctive

Program Focus and Format

Participants will work with expert faculty and scholars to learn, reflect and critically assess the significance of Gandhi and King in their own times and their continuing relevance in our times as leaders of nonviolent mass movements, and also as thought-leaders who seem to have anticipated so many of today’s critical issues and vexing problems. Themes and topics covered in the Institute will provide a solid foundation for curricular innovations that will help students gain critical insights into relevance of Gandhi, King and their respective journeys of nonviolence.

The program format of the Institute will draw upon an interdisciplinary approach and include a combination of lectures and seminars, group discussions, curriculum development workshops, documentary/film discussions, hands-on experience in creating digital stories, and special weekend programs. In addition, the program will include follow-ups and dissemination activities following the summer institute.

Fellowship and Benefits: The Institute is open to all K-12 educators throughout the United States. 35-40 fellowships will be awarded.
Fellowship. Each participant will receive a Fellowship award to cover the costs of instruction plus room and board for two weeks, books and materials, the use of Cal Poly Pomona Library, and special weekend programs.
Course Credit. The Fellowship award will also cover the cost of 8 units of course credits (see below).
Professional Development and Career Advancement. Institute training will qualify the participants for eight units of graduate course credits. These credits may be used toward a Master’s degree and/or salary advancement.
Curricular Innovation. Opportunity to develop standards-based, interdisciplinary lesson plans for the enrichment of students’ knowledge and a deeper understanding of Gandhi and King; and their path of nonviolence for positive social change.
Conference Presentation. Participants will have the option to submit their curricular projects for presentation at the Ahimsa Center’s 2010 conference on Nonviolence to be held on Cal Poly Pomona campus.
Professional Recognition and Visibility. Completed curriculum projects from the Institute will be published on Ahimsa Center’s web site providing professional recognition and visibility to participants’ work.

For application procedure, additional information and for updates, visit:

Contact Dr. Tara Sethia, Director of Ahimsa Center at: or (909) 869-3868/3808

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