Interfaith Harmony and Service

On April 22, the India Initiative will host Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, for a guided meditation and talk on the role of spirituality in improving interfaith relations around the world. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian, spiritual leader, and peacemaker who has dedicated his life to conflict resolution through dialogue and self-awareness and has engaged in international peacemaking efforts in Colombia and Iraq. His two volunteer-based NGOs, the Art of Living and the International Association For Human Values, are present in 155 countries and have served more than 370 million people through programs of personal development.

In this conversation with Shaun Casey, director of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and former director of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Religion and Global Affairs, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will examine the role of yoga and meditation in reconciliation of faith-based conflicts. The conversation and guided meditation will conclude a series of events during the second annual India Ideas Conference.

Joel Hellman, dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service, will provide opening remarks for this session.

This event is co-sponsored by the Art of Living Foundation and the Georgetown University India Initiative.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the world.

Shaun Casey is director of the Berkley Center and a professor of the practice in Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service. He previously was U.S. special representative for religion and global affairs and director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

Joel Hellman is the dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a former chief institutional economist at the World Bank.

Accommodations requests can be made to Emily Paragamian at A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill all requests.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Gaston Hall
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Global Engagement



Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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