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Wilson serves as delegate to international conference commemorating the lives of Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi in South Africa

Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mohatma Gandhi and chairperson for the Gandhi Development Trust, receives Auburn University materials and a book on the Draughon Center’s Living Democracy program from Mark Wilson.  

Pictured above: Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mohatma Gandhi and chairperson for the Gandhi Development Trust, receives Auburn University materials and a book on the Draughon Center’s Living Democracy program from Mark Wilson.  

Dr. Mark Wilson, director of community engagement and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, recently served as a delegate to the international conference “Commemorating 150 years of Gandhi and Kasturba, 1869 – 2019” at Phoenix Settlement in Durban, South Africa.  

Wilson discussed the Draughon Center’s Living Democracy program, a collaboration with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life to provide ten-week summer living-learning experiences in community engagement in rural, Alabama communities for Auburn University undergraduate students. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Breeden Eminent Visiting Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, served as keynote speaker for the conference. Countries represented included South Africa, India, Ghana, Somalia, England and Nigeria.  

Sponsors of the conference included Good Governance Africa, Phoenix Settlement Trust, Ghandhi Development Trust, Delta Airlines, and the Sibaya Community Trust.  

 

Last Updated: October 08, 2019