Presented by the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, The Institute for the Humanities SFU, The Thakore Charitable Foundation, and the India Club of Vancouver
Thursday, October 3, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Segal Rooms 1420/1430, SFU Harbour Ctr.
Seats for the Gandhi Commemorative Lecture can be reserved at: www.sfu.ca/reserve
Mahatma Gandhi and his legacy have been honoured at Simon Fraser University since the unveiling of his memorial bust in the Simon Fraser Peace Square in 1970. Each year the Gandhi Jayanti celebration brings members of the community together with others who wish to honour his memory and ideals.
This year, we are proud to present a lecture by Dr. Lee Lakeman from the Vancouver Rape Relief and women’s Shelter, entitled “What Way Forward to End Male Violence Against Women?
Ms. Lakeman is the recipient of this year’s Thakore Visiting Scholar Award for her life long devotion to fighting violence against women, and to raising community awareness of this issue.
We invite you to attend the lecture, followed by a discussion. This event is free and open to the public; all are welcome.
Ms. Lakeman is one of Canada’s most dedicated, knowledgeable and articulate public educators in the cause of ending violence against women.
For the past 35 years, she has directly, and in collaboration with others, responded to some 40,000 abused women callers to the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.
In addition to her dedication on the front-lines, she has undertaken national and international leadership challenges in a tireless pursuit of social justice, ultimately guided by her unflagging conviction that equality for women is a fundamental pre-condition to ending gender-based violence.
As the regional representative of the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers, she has shared vast hands-on experience with colleagues across Canada, and assisted parliamentary, legal and social institutions to bring previously hidden issues to light, to address enormous harm, and to inform Supreme Court decisions concerning violence against women.
Music for this evening will be provided by Dorothy Dittrich -
Dorothy Dittrich is an award-winning writer, composer and musical director as well as vocal coach and instructor. Her award winning musical When We Were Singing has been produced across Canada including The National Arts Centre as well as being presented as a staged sing through in New York City. Her plays The Dissociates and If The Moon Falls: The Solo Collective – have seen productions in Vancouver. Dittrich has worked in collaboration with various artists and companies and has been nominated for Jessie Awards for her work in Sound Design and Original Composition.
The Annual Gandhi Commemorative Garlanding Ceremony
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
Peace Square, SFU Burnaby Campus
We invite those who are interested in paying their respects to the great soul who lived and died for justice, peace, equality, human rights, religious harmony and above all the greater good to humanity.