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Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India

Monday, April 16, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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A Conversation between Pultizer Prize winning author Joseph Lelyveld and Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha

Free and open to the public

Gandhi’s struggles on two continents, his fierce but, ultimately unfulfilled hopes, and his ever-evolving legacy detailed in Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India spark the conversation between author Joseph Lelyveld and Jamshed Bharucha, President of The Cooper Union, at The Cooper Union-The Great Hall on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 PM.

Former Executive Editor of The New York Times, Joseph Lelyveld won the Pultizer Prize for his book on apartheid, Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White. He will be joined in a discussion by Jamshed Bharucha, President of The Cooper Union, who was born and raised in India and moved to the United States to pursue several degrees in higher education. In addition, President Bharucha is a cognitive neuroscientist who has been published on the cognitive and neural underpinnings of music. Prior to Cooper Union, he served as former vice provost of Tufts University.


Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.