On behalf of the Gandhi Center,
We would like to thank everyone who participated and came to the 2nd Annual Gandhi Fest!
Information on the speakers can be found below.
Academic Programs Director
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
BA Brown University
Ph.D. George Mason University
Negotiation specialist but only for really difficult negotiations for example, working with armed nonstate groups in Burma/Myanmar to figure out how to end civil wars that have been going on since 1940’s.
Now focused on how to remake and transform our civil society and our governing institutions to reclaim democracy for 21st Century realities.
Brent Finnegan has spent most of his life serving communities across the Shenandoah valley. Raised in Broadway, Virginia, Brent lives in Harrisonburg where he now serves on the Planning Commission.
He has volunteered by teaching citizenship classes at skyline Literacy and raised funds for Our Community Place. Brent was an integral part of the local grassroots organizing team for Bernie Sander’s presidential primary campaigns that won in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in 2016.
He has produced TV shows and documentaries at WVPT about immigration policy and farming issues He founded and ran local news website, hburgnews.com, which broke local news stories and implemented innovative ways to include readers in the newsmaking process.
Currently, Brent works at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU, where he collaborates with local educators and health professionals to reduce drug abuse and teen pregnancy, and support rural health initiatives in our community.