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LARAMIE — The grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi will speak at the University of Wyoming on Tuesday.

Arun Gandhi is a peace activist and proponent of nonviolence.

He was invited by the UW Social Justice Research Center, which drew much criticism last spring for inviting former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

The center canceled Ayers, but he was eventually allowed to speaking on campus after a federal judge's order.

Gandhi's speech will offer firsthand insights into one of history's most influential leaders.

Center Director Francisco Rios says a voice of peach and civility is needed at this time of contentious societal dialogue around the war in Afghanistan, immigration reform and other issues.

The UW Indian Student Association and the Department of Theatre and Dance also are sponsoring Gandhi.

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