On Monday, Oct. 20, the Indiana University Northwest Center for Regional Excellence (CRE), in cooperation with the Race Relations Council of Northwest Indiana and Soka Gakkai International — USA, will host the opening reception for the acclaimed exhibit “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” and the youth-oriented exhibit “Victory Over Violence,” starting at 12 p.m. in the Savannah Center.
The “Gandhi, King, Ikeda” exhibit is a moving visual presentation that follows the lives and philosophies of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Daisaku Ikeda, the latter of whom is an internationally recognized author, poet and peace activist from Japan. The free-standing exhibit features panels bearing colorful photographs, inspiring quotes and factual information about the three men, their careers, and their lasting impact on society. The exhibit is divided into sections that present their lives as they relate to the following key themes: Forging Desitny; Humanity at the Heart; Principles into Action; Nonviolence; and Adversity and Resistance.
A separate but related exhibit, “Victory Over Violence,” will look at different forms of violence and their root causes, and will suggest ways that young people may resolve conflicts and overcome difficult or stressful situations without employing physical, emotional or verbal violence. This exhibit is part of the youth initiative Victory Over Violence, which began in 1999 as a response to growing concerns over the rise in youth-related violence.
At the Oct. 20 reception, Lawrence Carter, Sr., Ph.D., the first Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel of Morehouse College in Atlanta and a national representative of Soka Gakkai -- USA, will deliver the reception’s keynote address. He will also present the “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award” to IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland in recognition of the Chancellor’s ongoing commitment to community engagement and outreach through his continued support of the Center for Regional Excellence and its many fruitful regional partnerships.
The event will also include a “peace rap” performance, a short film, and a ribbon cutting. Both exhibits run through Friday, Oct. 31.
The public is invited to attend this opening reception for these thought-provoking exhibits. The Savannah Center is located in the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind. For more information, contact CRE Assistant Director Victoria Brockett at (219) 980-6978, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.