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Ahimsa and Development


Tara Sethia

Tara Sethia

Ahimsa Center,
Cal Poly Pomona


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RAND Corporation

Santa Monica Office
Room 4312
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

1–2:00 p.m. PST


Ahimsa is a Hindi word describing a doctrine of nonviolence rooted in courage and compassion, fearlessness and forgiveness. It connotes reverence for all life, evokes civility and trust, and promotes lasting peace in society. The Ahimsa Center's initiatives are largely characterized by an approach that encompass both the domain of "thought"—drawing upon philosophical, religious and cultural traditions from around the world—and the domain of "action"—the political and social movements genuinely committed to nonviolence. The Center fosters a vision in which each individual is an important player in building and sustaining a culture of nonviolence. Dr. Sethia will discuss the role of ahimsa in ensuring peace and justice for resolving long drawn conflicts.


Tara Sethia is a professor of history and the founder and director of Ahimsa Center at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Professor Sethia received her Ph.D. in history from University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in history from Rajasthan University, India. She has served on the executive board of the World History Association, and the SAT II World History Committee hosted by the Educational Testing Service and the College Board. She has also served as a consultant to the California Department of Education and the British Broadcasting Service, has been invited as reviewer for history textbooks by several publishers, and served on the review panels of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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In Santa Monica, please join us in conference room 4312. Coffee and snacks will be served.

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If you would like to schedule a meeting with Dr. Sethia, contact Gulrez Ashar, gazhar@prgs.edu.

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