The Gandhi Center fosters rich, vibrant learning opportunities for students and the larger community. Previously, the center director has offered an interdisciplinary course, Gandhi, Nonviolence and Global Transformation, every semester through the General Education program. Together with the Office of Residence Life, the center recently launched an innovative program titled Residence Hall Gandhian Nonviolence Project: In Search of Alternatives to War and Violence. The program introduces Gandhian nonviolence to freshman students in residence halls.

Other learning opportunities include participating in the Student Conference for Global Nonviolence, held every other year in alternation with the Global Nonviolence Conference. The last student conference was held in April of 2010 on the topic of International (Dis)order & Violence in the 21st Century. Students can also oversee community-based programs such as the children's summer camp, school reading program, school visions program and drawing peace contest. Further, the center introduces the students to the process by which research, scholarship and creative work are produced and enables their participation in that process, which is the key "value added" of a comprehensive research center.

In these ways and more, the center contributes to the intellectual and creative life of the university and radiates new thinking across disciplines, into the classroom and throughout the larger community.

Course Offered:

  • 301 Course (3 Credits)

  • 3 Credit Internship Course

  • CDS 301. Special Topics
    This course allows instructors working through recognized university centers or institutes to offer an examination of current topics that are cross-disciplinary in nature and not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for credit when course content changes. (1-3 credits)

  • CDS 401. Gandhi Center Intership
    This course allows students to receive academic credit for work experienced in a recognized JMU center or institute. Internships must be approved in advance by the center director and follow the guidelines established by the participating center or institute. Internship is granted at the discretion of the center director. Prequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of the director. (1-3 credits)

Please contact Dr. Taimi Castle at castletl@jmu.edu or 540-568-5929 to sign up.

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