Asia Society Texas Center

Celebrating Gandhi’s Legacy of Nonviolence

Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018 – Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018

02:30 PM – 06:00 PM

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Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi is recognized globally as both a symbol for and a practitioner of nonviolence as a way to bring about change. Since his death in 1948, Gandhi's techniques inspired a new generation, notably the leader of peace, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the 20th century American civil rights movement.

Join Asia Society and the Mahatma Gandhi Library-Houston for a film screening of selections from A Force More Powerful, a 1999 documentary that highlights nonviolent resistance around the world. Following the film, a panel discussion will review the impact of Gandhi's legacy, the effect of nonviolence, and connections between Asia and the U.S.

This event launches Houston's yearlong Gandhi Sesquicentennial Celebrations, culminating in October 2019 with the 150th year since Gandhi's birth.


2:30 p.m. | Registration
3:00 p.m. | Film screening
4:00 p.m. | Panel discussion
5:00 p.m. | Reception

About the Panelist

Steve York is a veteran filmmaker who has produced documentaries on religious fundamentalism, history and politics, and nonviolent struggles in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. He is a frequent speaker on civil resistance movements, and has been invited to present his films in film festivals, the United Nations, universities and school classrooms, conferences, and workshops around the world. In 1997, York turned his attention to the dramatic success of nonviolent conflicts. A Force More Powerful debuted as a feature-length documentary in 1999 and was expanded into a three-hour series for PBS, broadcast in the fall of 2000. This ground-breaking series, narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley and nominated for an Emmy, has been translated into 19 languages and is a staple in high school and college curricula across the U.S. York followed up in 2002 with the one-hour PBS program Bringing Down a Dictator about the nonviolent defeat of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic and completed this civil resistance trilogy in 2007 with the feature length film Orange Revolution, which focused on the 2004 presidential election in Ukraine.

Additional panelists to be announced.

Asia Society Texas Center Business & Policy Programs, Endowed by

Huffington Foundation

Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and United Airlines are presenting sponsors of Business and Policy programs at Asia Society Texas Center. East West Bank is the presenting sponsor of the China Series. Lead support for Business & Policy programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, BP America, Nancy T. Chang, Anne and Albert Chao, Eagle Global Advisors, and Wells Fargo. Generous funding also provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.


  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • $5 Asia Society and Gandhi Library Members, $10 Nonmembers

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $5 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

Special Offers / Dining

An India-Inspired Café
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Pondi! Pondicheri's museum café is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday through Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp salad and roti wraps.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


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