The Tolstoy Lecture Series in Global Nonviolence celebrates the life of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian novelist, social reformer, pacifist, Christian anarchist, vegetarian and moral thinker. As a moral philosopher, Tolstoy was notable for his ideas on nonviolent reistance, which were presented in his work The Kingdom of God is Within You, which in turn influenced Gandhi. The Tolstoy Lectures brings distinguished scholars and practitioners of nonviolence to the James Madison University campus for public lectures, seminars, panel discussions and a variety of related interactions with faculty members, students and the larger community. The series began in 2006.

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