Humanities, Community, Events

Keeping the spirit of Gandhi alive at SFU

September 18, 2018

October 2 is the birthdate of Mahatma Gandhi, whose contributions towards establishing world peace and non-violence are unparalleled. His teachings resonate with today’s efforts to resolve conflict, avoid violence, and find peaceful solutions that will make our world a better place.

Two events in early October, organized by SFU professor Eleanor Stebner (the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities), the Thakore Charitable Foundation, and the Institute for the Humanities at SFU, will celebrate Gandhi and keep the spirit of his teachings alive.

October 2, 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Annual Garlanding Ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi bust in Peace Square at SFU’s Burnaby campus. If you wish to have your name called out for garlanding you must register at After the garlanding ceremony there will be small reception in the James Douglas room at SFU.

October 3, 6-8 p.m.

Gandhi Commemorative Lecture at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver. The lecture will be delivered by the Honourable Jean Augustine, this year’s Thakore Visiting Scholar Award recipient and a renowned human rights advocate. After an award presentation of the Thakore award and the Gandhi Student Peace Award, Augustine will deliver a lecture, "Call for Non-violence and Social Change - Gandhi's Principles." A reception in the Teck Gallery will follow.

Jean Augustine made history in 1993 when she became the first African Canadian woman elected to Canada’s House of Commons and the first appointed as a cabinet minister (Multiculturalism and Status of Women) in 2002. Her many contributions to social causes include helping create legislation to protect low-income individuals such as single mothers, and introducing the motion that would designate February as Black History Month in Canada.

Free Public Events

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information visit:

Or contact: The Institute for the Humanities ( Dr. Eleanor Stebner ( J.S. Woodsworth Chair.