Gail Presbey talk on Gandhi & the South African Women of Nonviolence


28660 Five Mile Road

Important Venue Notes

North side of Five Mile between Middlebelt and Inkster.



Gail Presbey's presentation will cover the beginnings of Gandhi's work for nonviolence in South Africa, and will follow the lives of women who helped to shape the early nonviolent movement in the country, like Sonja Schlesin, Sarojini Naidu and Cissie Gool, among others. Gandhi was very influenced by the British suffragettes as well as South African women's protests against the pass laws. The presentation will highlight a little known chapter of Gandhi's life, and it is important to understand him as someone intent on collaborations across racial, social and gender divides. Gail M. Presbey is Professor of Philosophy at University of Detroit Mercy. Her areas of expertise are philosophy of nonviolence and African philosophy, with current studies and research on Africa, Latin America, Mohandas Gandhi’s movement, feminism, and Pan-Africanism. She engages in interdisciplinary work that involves philosophy, world history, and political theory. She has engaged in research in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and India, having received a two-year J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar grant (Kenya) as well as subsequent Fulbright grants (India and Brazil).