Dr. Barry L. Gan, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure University, will share his impressions of his 2,000-mile journey through China this summer in a talk at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the Olean Public Library.

The presentation will consist of an informal talk accompanied by slides and movie clips.

Gan’s host, Zhang Miaoli, a lifelong resident of China, introduced him to four different cities in China, representing the newest and the oldest aspects of Chinese culture. During his journey, by taxi, private car, rail, and air, Gan spoke about Gandhi at two different universities and spent time in three different households.

He saw the usual tourist attractions, including the World Exposition in Shanghai, the Great Wall, and the Terra Cotta Soldiers. He also experienced China’s record-setting summer heat wave marked by temperatures well over 100 degrees and high humidity.

Gan said he hopes that he can help dispel many false perceptions that Americans entertain about China, and he welcomes questions and comments throughout the talk.

Gan is editor of The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society, and is co-editor with Robert L. Holmes of “Nonviolence in Theory and Practice,” a leading anthology of writings about nonviolence. He has lived with his wife and two children in Cuba and Olean over the past 27 years.

The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean, NY. For more information please call the Reference Desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit the website at This event is free and open to the public.


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