(Non)Violence and Religion in India’s Independence Movement

Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo Ghose
Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo Ghose

Lecture series by Ted Ulrich, Ph.D.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12 p.m. - 1:10 p.m., Nov. 5, 12, and 19, 2019


free and open to the public


Iversen Hearth Room (room 340), Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN

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Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo Ghose

Ted Ulrich, Ph.D. (photographer: Mark Brown)

Ted Ulrich, Ph.D. (photographer: Mark Brown)

In this series, Dr. Ted Ulrich will focus on the history of violence and nonviolence in the early phases of India’s independence movement, with special attention on religious influences (Hinduism and Christianity in particular). In 2017-2018, Dr. Ulrich lived in India for nine months as Fulbright scholar. He gave university lectures and conducted research on the topic of this series. His research focused, in particular, on Sri Aurobindo Ghose, the famous Indian thinker and spiritual master who, earlier in his life, was deeply involved in India’s independence movement. Most in the West think of India’s quest for independence in terms of Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolence. However, Aurobindo Ghose, who was at the helm of the movement a decade before Gandhi’s involvement, called for violence in certain circumstances. Professor Ulrich will explore the complex history of this movement in the context of religion while paying special attention to Aurobindo and Gandhi.

  1. November 5: The Early Days of India’s Independence Movement and Its Religious Dimensions
  2. November 12: The Revolutionary Violence of Aurobindo Ghose in India’s Independence Movement
  3. November 19: Mahatma Gandhi’s Contribution to India’s Independence Movement

Ted Ulrich, Ph.D., is professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas. He specializes in the study of Christian-Hindu dialogue and the religions and cultures of India. He has taken eight trips to India for teaching and research. Four of these trips were study abroad courses for St. Thomas students. His most recent trip was for ten months, and was sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program. Click here to read more about Professor Ulrich’s teaching and scholarship.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center.

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