'Pursuing a Meaningful Life: Human Rights and Education in Nepal'

Dorje Gurung will present the guest lecture "Pursuing a Meaningful Life: Human Rights and Education in Nepal" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus.

An informal discussion will occur at 12:45 p.m. May 7, in Valders Room 262. The lecture and discussion are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Gurung encourages people to use their networking connections to do good for others, "You will have opportunities, connections and power in your life that many other Nepalese won't. How you use those opportunities, connections, and power will be entirely up to you."

A Tibetan-Buddhist science teacher, Gurung received a Jesuit education in the Hindu country of Nepal, an international education in the Catholic country of Italy, a liberal arts education at Grinnell College, and did his teacher training in Australia. He is actively involved in the education of women and those in the lowest castes in Nepal.

Gurung currently serves at the education program director of COMMITTED, an organization devoted to bringing free and quality education to the children of Nepal. Inspired by COMMITTED's work, Gurung gave up his international teaching career to join COMMITTED, continuing his life-long dream of contributing to the education of children from socio-economic backgrounds similar to his own.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.