Sudha and Pravin Mody International Conference on Nonviolence

Ahimsa and Sustainability, November 12-13, 2010

Time & Location

  • Friday, November 12, 8:00 a.m to Saturday, November 13, 9:30 p.m.
  • Cal Poly Pomona, Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major

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Conference schedule
Speaker/Panelist Bios
Conference Flyer
Ahimsa Concert

Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona will address the theme of sustainability in its fourth international conference on nonviolence. The conference will feature wide-ranging scholarships and experiences to illuminate the relationship between ahimsa (nonviolence) and sustainability from multiple perspectives. Highlights include a a documentary, Hot Spots on Friday (Nov 12), a special session with Medha Patkar (Saturda, Nov. 13); and Ahimsa Concert on Saturday (Nov 13).

Conference Description

What we do about our ecology largely depends on how we think of ourselves in relation to nature and people around us. The ecological challenges associated with sustainability are often seen as a warning for an imminent crisis. But these challenges can also be taken as an invitation to reflect on how and what we think of ourselves in the context of our enviornment, rethink our current ways of living, and marshal the transformative power of nonviolence in building a sustainable future.

Ahimsa or nonviolence is the experience of oneness with others and nature. It connotes reverence for all life. This interdisciplinary conference will explore the significance of nonviolence for sustainability by focusing on issues and topics such as:

    • Ahimsa and ecological worldview
    • Ecological interdependence
    • Good life as sustainable life (sustainability and quality of life)
    • Gandhi’s ecology, and the environmental movements
    • The make-up and making of sustainable communities
    • Sustainability in business and professions
    • Innovation and design for sustainability
    • Education for sustainability
    • Waging sustainability through nonviolence: Action plans

Speakers, Panelists, and Artists

Major Speakers for the Conference include:

Christopher Key Chapple, Mira Kamdar, Chandrakant Patel, Medha Patkar, Michael Tobias.

Conference Highlight incudes Ahimsa Concert featuring Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Contact Info

For more information, contact: Professor Tara Sethia, Director, Ahimsa Center
(909) 869-3868 or