Presented by the World Peace Buddhists


* Victory Over Violence (VOV) 

   - A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in a Changing World.


The Victory Over Violence Event examines the root causes of violence in its myriad forms, and attempts, through dialogue, to identify the ways in which individuals can take action to end violence in their lives and throughout the world.

The Gandhian principle of defeating violence with love begins with a personal commitment to self-transformation as a basis for social change. Transformation of our individual inner-characters establishes the means by which we can each project a desire for peaceful social change through courageous action.

The presentations and panel discussion will reflect on the philosophy and work of Mahatma Gandhi and examine the positive role that faith based practices have in facilitating both individual and societal transformations, and promoting courageous action against all forms of violence.





* Presentation by Rev. Scotty McLennan

* Presentation by Ian McIlraith

* Presentation by Clarissa Douglass


Student groups presentation on Gandhian principle and spirit

* Slide presentation by the Hindu Student Council 

* Presentation by Baha’I Association at Stanford representative

* Presentation by an affiliate of the Martin Luther King Papers Project, Brandon A. Hunter



* Performance of the Bill Evans composition Peace Piece by The John Carlsson Quartet

* Spoken Word performance by Spoken Word Poets

* Poetry recitation in memory of Rosa Parks by Tina Ebey


Video and Display

* Victory Over Violence video presentation

* Victory Over Violence Exhibit and Tabling of student groups


Open Dialogue and Discussion



Panelists Information

William L. (Scotty) McLennan, Jr. has been the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University since January, 2001.  Also a lawyer, Rev. McLennan practiced church-sponsored poverty law in the Dorchester area of Boston from 1975 until 1984, while helping to develop non-adversarial dispute resolution techniques through a faith based initiative.  Rev. McLennan’s primary research is on the interface of faith based practices, ethics, and vocational endeavors.

Ian McIlraith is the Vice-General Director of the lay Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai International (SGI)–USA and a Stanford alumnus.  In discussing his Buddhist practice, Mr. McIlraith, a graduate of Stanford writes, “Starting with prayer aimed at care and respect for others, followed by efforts to help others embrace and deepen their faith… [s]uch widespread effort by a steadily increasing number of individuals will not only create a significant quality of life improvement in society but will also foster a movement for peace filled with the most beautiful and precious relations among its members.”

Clarissa Douglass, a leader within the SGI-USA, and a graduate of Stanford, works to promote world peace and individual happiness through her activities, study and prayer within the Nichiren School of Mahayana Buddhism. 

Academic and spiritual groups

* World Peace Buddhists

Bahai Association at Stanford

Hindu Student Council

Martin Luther King's Paper Project



Date   : October 27, 2005 Thursday 

Time   : 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Venue  : Oak West, Tresidder Union,   

          Stanford University

          (click for map and floor plan of buildings)

Parking : Parking lot between Lagunita Drive and Mayfield Avenue

           (Free Sat & Sun, & after 4pm M-F)                     

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More information about Victory Over Violence Campaign



 World Peace Buddhists at Stanford University

Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA

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