The Encounter in Post-Revolution Egypt
In the turbulent post-revolution period in Egypt in November 2012, a time of enormous hope mixed with tremendous uncertainty, a small delegation from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) traveled to Egypt with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The idea was for Professor Rajmohan Gandhi and his wife Usha to lend their solidarity to the Egyptian people, and for Professor Gandhi to engage in a dialogue with Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei about the Egyptian uprising and the experience of Gandhi during India's independence movement.
The video vignettes highlight a theme from the ElBaradei-Gandhi encounter. They capture a combination of BIG IDEAS about global democracy as well as more intimate stories about how the personal biographies of Dr. ElBaradei and Mahatma Gandhi intersected with monumental historical change.