For the fourth consecutive year, Fresno State invites the public to hear from the University’s most inspirational faculty during Fresno State Talks. The annual event launches with a featured lecturer from religious studies professor Dr. Veena Howard at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Satellite Student Union.

At the free public event, she will discuss “Awakening the Force of Nonviolence: Gandhi’s Moral Experiments.” The talk will explore how Mahatma Gandhi was able to combat social and political injustice through nonviolence activism and social experiments like fasting, simplicity, celibacy and use of local products.

Howard was a featured panelist at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, during which she presented “What Would Gandhi Do? Moral Strategies for Sustainability, Peace and Justice.”

Each event of the Fresno State Talk lecture series begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7 p.m.

Remaining presentations include:

  • 18: Dr. Lisa Bryant, professor of political science, presents “Voting by the Numbers: It All Comes Down to One”
  • 24: Dr. Martin Shapiro, professor of psychology, presents “Elephants, Glowing Mice and Flying Robots: Interconnected Forces Shaping the World”

Each Fresno State Talk lecturer was nominated by students in the fall 2015 semester based on his or her demonstration of the University’s values of diversity, discovery and distinction.

For more information contact the Student Involvement Center at 559.278.2741 or