The Hofstra University Center for Civic Engagement is commemorating the International Day of Non-Violence on Thursday, Oct. 2 with a special presentation in the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, South Campus, beginning at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Michael D’Innocenzo, professor of history and The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change, will deliver a talk entitled “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” — a look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s admiration for Indian independence leader Mohandas K. (Mahatma) Gandhi, who advocated nonviolent approaches to freedom and justice. Professor D’Innocenzo, a founding member of the Center for Civic Engagement, will also share his recollections of Dr. King’s visit to Hofstra, where he delivered the commencement address in 1965.
The Peace Poets, a group of artists from the Bronx who use music and poetry to advocate for social issues, will also perform.
The International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated globally every year on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday in honor of his pioneering commitment to change through nonviolent means. This year’s event at Hofstra is co-sponsored by the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.
Featured photo: The Peace Poets (credit: thepeacepoets.com)