Love and Forgiveness in Governance Research Team

Thomas Hill, Areej Elahi-Siddiqui, Borislava Manojlovic, Kelly Njike and Thomas Ashe

The Difference One Person Can Make: The Legacy of Gandhi

One of the purposes behind the Love and Forgiveness Project is to highlight the impact that one person can make. Mahatma Gandhi is one such person who made a monumental contribution in the areas of love and forgiveness.

Father Xavier Fagba

“We cannot be silent and cower in the face of injustice, but must have courage. To be a Christian is not just about being baptized, and true Christians live a life of love and reconciliation, not bloodshed.”

Father Xavier-Arnauld Fagba is a notable example of a leader who lives out love and forgiveness in the face of trials. As the leader of a Catholic congregation in the Central African Republic town of Boali, Father Fagba has had plenty of opportunities to decide whether to encourage peace or revenge.

Mohamed Mouldi Kefi

Dr. Mohamed Mouldi Kefi is a retired diplomat and Tunisia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during the transitional government of 2011. D.r Kefi is an experienced diplomat with several years of experience in foreign service; he was recalled 5 years after retirement to assist in Tunisia reconciliation effort after the 2011 revolution.

John Lewis

One of the most notable leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement and the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Right from youth, Lewis subscribed to the philosophy, which considered suffering as redemptive. 

Cesar E. Chavez

Cesar Chavez was a Mexican-American labor leader and the founder of the NFWA, the first union of farm workers in America.   Chavez said,“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”

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Alwi Shihab

Special Envoy to Middle East and Organization of the Islamic Conference. Alwi Shihab is one of the leading authorities and scholars on the interaction of Christian and Muslim communities. In 90's he wrote a book about Islam-Christianity interaction: Islam Inklusif .He...

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Thais Corral

Co-founder of Women’s Environment and Development Organization. As a leader of the Women’s Global Movement, she led the process of women’s participation at the UN Earth Summit in 1992. She founded WEDO (Women, Environment and Development Organization), which played a...

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Surin Pitsuwan

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan is a native of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Southern Thailand. He received his primary and secondary education in his home province and he got his higher education in the United States.

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Ebrahim Rasool

Ebrahim Rasool born on July 15, 1962, in Capetown, South Africa, is currently South Africa’s ambassador to the United States. Prior to his present position at the Embassy, Rasool held a wide range of positions and enjoyed a lengthy political career, including Special Advisor to the State President of the Republic of South Africa and Premier, Member of the Parliament in the National Assembly and posts in various governmental departments, including the departments of health, welfare, and economic development.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor and a civil rights activist. He was noted for the significant role he played in bringing an end to the racial segregation of African American citizens in the United States. In pursuit of freedom and equality for African Americans, King was arrested and detained several times. He was stabbed and almost killed by an assailant in Harlem while on a speaking tour. However, he maintained resolute and continued non-violent struggle against racial discrimination for the African Americans, an idea he picked from Mohandas Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence in India.

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José Ramos-Horta

José Ramos-Horta is a political activist who fought for East Timor’s independence for 24 years in exile. During his time in exile, Ramos-Horta was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, “for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor.”1

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Syed Hamid Bin Syed Jaafar Albar

Minister Albar emphasized love and forgiveness that are fundamental for leadership based on virtue, sincerity and trust. He believes that “it is very important to be compromising and conciliate with the people around you, which subsequently leads to inner satisfaction and peace.”

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Nelson Mandela

Mandela’s name is synonymous to forgiveness, he will be remembered to have lived and died, loving and forgiving. Mandela said that “Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear. That’s why it’s such a powerful weapon.”

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Adeeb Yousif Abdel Alla

Adeeb Yousif Abdel Alla is a human rights activist from Darfur, Sudan. He co-founded the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO), a grassroots human rights, relief, and development organization. He also helped to initiate the Rebel Letters Campaign and worked with the Never Again International. Adeeb was detained twice and he spent about 12 months in prison for exposing the crimes committed by the Sudanese government against Darfur to the international community.

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Past Events

Movie screening and discussion – A Long Night’s Journey into the Day
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Diplomacy Room, McQuaid Building
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day – Film Screening: More Than A Dream
Tuesday, January 21, 2014