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The Gandhi-King Lecture Series on International Relations and Peace Studies

Bending Towards Justice

The West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences  is proud to present the Gandhi-King Lecture Series on International Relations and Peace Studies. This event, which is  sponsored by the Indian community of Morgantown, celebrates the work and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This annual lecture, provided for the WVU and Morgantown communities, discusses the ongoing significance of a peaceful, nonviolent approach to dealing with national and international problems, issues, and conflicts. Whenever possible, the lecture will make connections between contemporary India and the United States. A major goal for this event is to encourage the WVU community to learn about and consider the continuing legacy of Gandhi and King. 



Dr. Rajesh Tandon Rajesh Tandon, Ph.D., was born in a family of teachers in the city of Kanpur in India. After completing his electronics engineering degree from IIT (Kanpur), he went on to do his MBA from IIM (Calcutta) and PhD in Organisational Behaviour from School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Inspired by community knowledge, and a commitment for working towards empowerment of the excluded, Tandon went on to set up PRIA, a civil society research and training Centre on participatory research in New Delhi, India. He has championed and supported independent, competent and resilient civil society in the global south, as an intervention in inclusive development and participatory democracy. Committed to life-long learning, gender equality and human rights, Tandon is currently Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. Tandon continues to engage with youth and higher education institutions towards freedoms & equality in the Global South. 

Dr. Budd Hall

Budd Hall, Ph.D., is a grandfather of three grandsons, father of two sons and partner of the scholar, Darlene Clover, Ph.D. Budd is currently the Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education based at the University of Victoria in Canada. A Canadian for 45 years, Budd was born in the USA and came to social justice awareness during the US civil rights era. His work has been influenced by global thinkers such as the late Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Amilcar Cabral of Guinea Bissau, and Paulo Freire of Brazil. Budd is best known for his work on knowledge democracy, participatory research and social movement learning. He is also a poet.


    Gregory Dunaway
  • R. Gregory Dunaway, Ph.D.
    D ean, Eberly Colle ge of Arts and Sciences


Duncan Lorimer

Duncan Lorimer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Bonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown
Professor and Director, Native American Studies