Friday, March 2, 2018 - 21:15

Lecture: What was Gandhi’s Vision of a Better World?

On Tuesday, March 20, the College’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program will sponsor the Second Annual Grall-Neafsey Lecture featuring Holy Cross Philosophy Professor Predrag Cicovacki, Ph.D., that explores Ghandi’s vision for a better world and how he sought to achieve this vision. Prof. Cicovacki will also discuss how Gandhi should be remembered today. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in the Alden Trust Auditorium in Kennedy Hall on Assumption College’s Worcester Campus, 500 Salisbury St.

Prof. Cicovacki is well-versed on issues relating to peace, conflict resolution, ethics, and violence in the modern world. An O’Leary Research Fellow, Prof. Civocaki has published more than 75 essays in various scholarly publications. He has also authored and edited 13 books, including Dostoevsky and the Affirmation of Life (2012), The Restoration of Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Vision (2010), and Gandhi’s Footprints (2015).  Prof. Cicovacki was Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at the Malavia Center for Peace Research at Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, India, from 2012 to 2013 and currently teaches courses at Holy Cross concerning peace, war, nonviolence, philosophy, and ethics.

The College’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Honorable Edward M. Neafsey ‘71 and his wife, the Honorable Jane Grall.  After graduating from Assumption, Judge Neafsey served as a captain in the in the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood and in Germany. He earned his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and amassed a successful 33-year career in law and public service in his home state of New Jersey.

Throughout his career, Judge Neafsey was responsible for domestic security preparedness; police reform; government integrity monitoring; coastal water quality and beach preservation; criminal cases involving both white collar and violent crime; and representing death penalty defendants.  In 2004, he was sworn in as New Jersey Superior Court Judge and served in that capacity until 2011, when he stepped down to become a qualified civil mediator. Judge Neafsey obtained a certificate in peace studies from the Irish School of Ecumenics and through the non-governmental organization Lawyers Alliance for Justice, he observed Irish trials and witnessed the politically charged Derry Parades. 

Judge Neafsey married the Honorable Jane Grall, a Rutgers University Law School graduate who would become a state appellate court judge. Judges Grall and Neafsey shared a passion for fairness and truth, and collaborated on a number of projects to advance their joint interest in peace and transitional justice in the global realm, in particular in Northern Ireland. 

It was the desire of Judges Neafsey and Grall to find a better way to enable a more just and peaceful world that inspired them to endow a lecture series in Peace and Conflict Studies at Assumption College.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews