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The Practice of Nonviolence: from Ireland to India with Hugh Curran–Postponed
March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In his talk & slideshow Hugh will first present a brief history of Nonviolence practices in Ireland which eventually led to the Northern Ireland Peace Accord of 1998. Afterward, he will discuss Leo Tolstoy’s writings on Nonviolence which had such a powerful impact on Gandhi. Having adopted Nonviolence and Truth, Gandhi became deeply committed to these principles throughout his life, even suffering extended periods in jail. As a result of his effort he became a major force in the movement for India’s Independence. This life-long commitment later inspired Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, and many others to adhere to Gandhi’s principles of Nonviolence & Truth.
Hugh Curran was raised in Ireland and Canada before moving to the U.S. After arriving in Maine he became Co-Director of a homeless shelter and published articles on homelessness. Since 2002 he has been a lecturer in the Peace & Reconciliation Studies Program at the University of Maine, and has published poems in various poetry journals as well as compiling a classroom text: Excerpts from Classical & Modern Writers on War & Peace. In 2017 he was invited to present a paper: ”On the Ethics of Animal Suffering” at Oxford University, and in the Fall of 2019 he was asked to give a talk on “Tolerance & Nonviolence” at the Global Council on Tolerance & Peace in Malta.