Raffi Cavoukian, 2019 Thakore Visiting Scholar
Thursday, October 3, 6:30PM–8:30PM, Salon 20, LOWER CONCOURSE, SFU MORRIS J WOSK CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE (ENTER VIA SEYMOUR STREET COURTYARD ENTRANCE), 580 WEST HASTINGS STREET
Co-sponsored by SFU's J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, SFU's Institute for the Humanities, & The Thakore Charitable Foundation.
MAHATMA GANDHI COMMEMORATIVE LECTURE
Mahatma Gandhi made a living art of nonviolence, his brave commitment to live without violence in thought, word and deed. Along the way, he made an astute observation: “If we are to reach peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children.” How does nonviolence apply to children’s lives? In thought, word and deed. More than the absence of violence, nonviolence is a commitment to compassion for all. And our compassion for the very young can nurture their own innate seeds of compassion into a way of life, co-creating a culture of respect.
Child Honouring is both a way of life and a philosophy that represents a unique social change revolution—a compassion revolution built on Respectful Love and Nonviolence, two key Child Honouring principles. It holds that how we regard and treat the very young is the key to co-creating peaceful, sustainable societies.
Change the beginning of a child’s life story, and the whole story changes. If a young child suffers various forms of violence, including neglect or maltreatment, this can set off a lifetime of maladaptive behaviours. But if a child lives with respectful love, free of violence, then a whole lifetime of positive, peaceful outcomes is possible. Hence the primacy of early years in human development.
Aligned with the United Nations Convention on The Rights of The Child, Child Honouring is a practical vision for increasing joy, love and confidence, and for reducing unnecessary suffering. We can all take a vow of nonviolence. The physicians’ oath, “first do no harm” can become our mantra, and our practice.
THAKORE VISITING SCHOLAR AWARD
The Thakore Visiting Scholar Award has been awarded annually since 1991 at Simon Fraser University. It honours individuals who have devoted their lives to “creativity, commitment, and a deep concern for truth in public life, which includes, but is not limited to, showing the connection between academic values and critical public spirit.”
The award also recognizes commitment to Gandhi’s ideals of truth, non-violence, social justice, religious tolerance, education and ethics in politics. In addition to these principles, the award adds racial equality and concern for balance between industry and the environment.
This year's award recipient is Raffi Cavoukian for his lifelong focus on "honouring children," education, and the promotion of an overall "culture of peace."
For further details on the award, past recipients, and the other events of the annual Gandhi Jayanti, please visit http://gandhijayanti.com.
Raffi Cavoukian, 2019 THAKORE VISITING SCHOLAR