Welcome to the Ahimsa Center Programs and Events!

To facilitate the teaching and learning of nonviolence and nonviolent social change, the Ahimsa Center in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona offers a variety of programs and events.

Upcoming Program

 November 17, 2021: A Recipe for Nonviolence by Nico Slate

Nonviolence Studies Minor

Description and Requirements

Summer Institutes for K-12 Educators

June 23-30, 2019. Ahimsa Institute for Educator Leaders
July 13-27, 2015.
Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and Mandela
July 29-August 12, 2013.
Gandhi, Sustainability and Happiness
July 25-August 8, 2011
. Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and Chavez.
July 12-25, 2009. Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and King
July 15-28, 2007: Gandhi, Nonviolence and 21st Century Curriculum
July 18 - 30, 2005: Nonviolence and Social Change

Sample Participant Comments from these institutes

Conferences and Symposia

October 8-10, 2021: Bridging Divides What Can Ahimsa Offer?
October 5-7, 2018. Transformative Education: Lessons from Gandhi, King, Chavez and Mandela.
November 3-5, 2017 India@Seventy: Building a More Inclusive Democracy.
November 18-20, 2016 Giving & Forgiving
November 7-9, 2014.
Care, Compassion and Mindfulness Conference
November 2-4, 2012.
Ahimsa and Sustainable Happiness Conference
November 12-13, 2010
. Ahimsa and Sustainability.
October 17-19, 2008. Rediscovering Gandhian Wisdom: Building a Peaceful Future
April 28 - 29, 2006: Ahimsa and the Quality of Life Conference
July 3, 2005: Ahimsa and Aparigraha in Contemporary Contexts: International Symposium
May 14-15, 2004: Inaugural Conference: Creating a Culture of Ahimsa

Public Lectures

October 2, 2021: Nonviolence in An Age of Mass Extinctions by Michael Tobias
May 3, 2021. Digital Nonviolence by Randall Amster
April 7, 2021. Ahimsa, Labor, and the Struggle for Economic Justice by Andrew Moss
March 22, 2021. Nonviolence & Bioethics by Ana Bajželj
February 21, 2021. Ahimsa Center Public Lectue by Satish Kumar
October 19, 2019. The Relevance of Gandhi for Our Fractured Worldby David Thomas
June 23, 2019. My Journey to Mindfulness and Connectedness by Stacy Sims
November, 20, 2018. On Inequality. Lecture by Ela Gandhi.
March 5, 2017. Incivility and Political Dysfunction: What Can We Do About It? Ahimsa Center Public Lecture by Carolyn Lukensmeyer
April 23, 2016 Ahimsa for Our Plate and the Planet: A Public Lecture by Gene Baur
July 19, 2015. Nelson Mandela, Reconciliation and Post-Apartheid South Africa. Featuring Nancy Clark and Linda Biehl

May 11, 2014. Inspired Living: A Public Lecture by Jaya Row
November 17, 2013 Introducing Guardian Princesses by Setsu Shigematsu
April 22, 2012. Gandhi and the Politics of Visual Representation by Vinay Lal
October 31, 2011. Hunger in An Age of Plenty by Vandana Shiva
May 15 , 2011. The Power of Partnership by Ocean Robins

May 16, 2010. East Meets West in the Deep South by Jenny Phillips
July 18, 2009. King's Journey to Gandhian Nonviolence. Clayborne Carson
July 19, 2008. Nonviolence and the Art of India. by Sonya Quintanilla
October 27, 2007 The Power of Love. by A. T. Ariyaratne
July 15, 2007: Teaching Truth & Ahimsa: The Gandhian Initiatives by Srimati Kamala
November 12, 2006: Building Global Peace in the Nuclear Age by David Krieger
October 16, 2005: Awakened Intelligence and Nonviolence by Catherine Ingram
November 21 , 2004: Gandhi, Nonviolence & Contemporary Conflicts by Johan Galtung


October 25, 2021. Civil Resistance Tactics in the 21st Century: Dialogue with Michael Beer February 14, 2017. Farmers and Wildlife: A Dialogue with Kaavya Varma
November 19, 2015
. Living with Consequences: A Dialogue with Tomaž Grušovnik.

July 31, 2011. Cesar Chavez: Immigration and A Culture of Peace. Joseph Orosco
May 11 , 2011
. Happiness. A Dialogue with Jaya Row. 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
April 28 , 2010. Ethics for Excellence: Dialogue with Jaya Row.
November 21, 2009. Service as Leadership: A Dialogue with Roopal Shah
July 25, 2009. Nine Steps to Forgiveness. Frederic Luskin.
May 18, 2009. The Power of One. Jaya Row.
November 3, 2008. Krishnammal Jagannathan
April 27, 2008
. Gandhi's Ideal of Trusteeship. Rajashree Birla.
November 8, 2007 From Violence Against Women To Affirming Life: A View on Women and Health in India. Mira Dakin Sadgopal.
September 8, 2007: The Real Purpose of Business. R. Gopalkrishnan.
July 26, 2007: Nonviolence in the Time of Terror. Mark Juergensmeyer
February 2, 2007: New Perspective on Gandhi for a New Century. Rajmohan Gandhi
November 28, 2006: Films, Politics and Social Justice. Shabana Azmi & Javed Akhtar
July 16, 2006: What Makes Life Meaningful: A Contemplative View. Alan Wallace
October 10, 2005: Building a Nonviolent and Cooperative World. A. T. Ariyaratne
April 24, 2005: Three Dimensions of Nonviolence. Satish Kumar and Dwarko Sundrani
July 17, 2004: Nonviolence and Social Change. Dwarko Sundrani

Special Events and Workshops

October 2, 2020. Teachers Teaching Nonviolence: A Virtual Book Launch
November 4, 2017.
The Art of Inclusion: Ahimsa Center Sitar Concert
November 19, 2016.
Peace Concert featuring Arohi Ensemble
October 29, 2015.
Pranayama:Exploring the Yogic Way of Breathing with Kalpana Korwar
November 8, 2014. Sitar Concert featuring Dr. Srinivas Reddy
May 5, 2013
Ahimsa Concert featuring Milind Raikar on Violin
November 13, 2010. Ahimsa Concert: Bhajans of Kabir and Other Saint-Poets of India
October 3, 2010.
Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, A Torch for Peace. Documentary and Dialogue with Film Producer, Teri McLuhan
July 19, 2009.
Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence. Solving Problems in the Community. A Workshop with Bernard LaFayette, Jr.
August 11-12, 2007: Balancing the Heart and Mind: A weekend Retreat with Alan Wallace
July 21, 2007: Gandhi: A Man of Action and Prayer. Public Lecture and Bhajan Recital
April 30, 2006: Soil, Soul, and Society: A Workshop with Satish Kumar
November 23, 2004: Nonviolent Conflict Transformation: Workshop with Johan Galtung