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Bentley's Cronin International Center Speaker Series Focuses on Community Empowerment

October 1, 2007








Bentley College hosts a lecture by Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, founder and president of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, on Wednesday, October 10, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center. The free program is part of the International Speaker Series hosted by the Cronin International Center at Bentley.

In his presentation, "From an Individual to Global Awakening: A World of Communities That Work for All," Ariyaratne will explore globalization, community empowerment and holistic approaches to living in harmony. The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement is a holistic human development movement in Sri Lanka and one of the largest community development movements in the world -- working in 15,000 Sri Lankan villages.

Ariyaratne is a winner of the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Niwano Peace Prize, the King Beaudoin Award, and many other international honors for his work in peace and village development. A devout Buddhist, he has led some of the largest peace marches and meditation events-- with millions of people-- to establish peace consciousness. Through his work, he has inspired people around the world to take initiatives and rely on their own inner strength to solve the challenges they face in their communities.

"It is an honor for the Cronin International Center to host a speaker of the caliber of Dr. Ariyaratne," says Nader Asgary, associate provost for International Relations and director of Cronin International Center. "Dr. Ariyarante's theme, 'A World of Communities That Work for All,' commands that we should be global citizens -- a message that reflects our goals here at Bentley."

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