Bakersfield College

Silhouette of Gandhi leading people against a rising sun with doves.

A Celebration of Gandhi

The Renegade family is coming together to celebrate the 150th birthday of civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi with a series of special events and contests throughout Kern County.

Tribe to Gandhi Essay Contest

The Gandhi Celebration Celebration Committee and the Ravi and Naina Patel Foundation invite all Kern County students to submit an original essay of approximately 750 words based on their interpretation of Gandhi's quote, "an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind." The winner of the contest will receive a $1000 stipend, and second place will receive $500.

Tickets for Jai Jagat at Bakersfield College are available through the Jai Jagat website.

For more information, visit the Tribute to Gandhi Essay Contest page.


Monday, May 13

Jai Jagat

7 p.m. | Indoor Theater
Manav Sadhna, an organization based in the Gandhi Ashram of Gujarat, India, share an inspiring story about love and oneness. Tickets for Jai Jagat at Bakersfield College are available through the Jai Jagat website.
Read more about the Jai Jagat event.

Monday, September 9

Distinguished Speaker Thomas Blackwell

10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. | Levan Center
Motivational speaker Thomas Blackwell will give a series of presentations about how changing our words can help us achieve success and create healthier communities. Read more about the Thomas Blackwell event.

Wednesday, September 18

A Look At Gandhi

6 p.m. | Levan Center
Stafford Betty, a professor of Religious Studies at Cal State Bakersfield, will present a lecture on Gandhi and his influence. Read more about the A Look at Gandhi event.

Thursday, September 26

Faculty Panel on Restorative Social Justice

6 p.m. | Levan Center
BC faculty host a panel discussion on identity-based issues in social justice initiatives. Read more about the Restorative Social Justice Panel.

Monday, September 30

Arun Gandhi

11 a.m. | RFK High School Auditorium - Delano, CA
The fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi will speak to Delano Early College students about how to channel their anger into positive change. Read more about the Arun Gandhi event.

Wednesday, October 2

Distinguished Speaker Erin Gruwell

10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. | Levan Center
The founder of Freedom Writers will give a series of presentations on how to inspire students. Read more about the Erin Gruwell event.

Friday, October 25

Building Bridges in the World

7 p.m. | Indoor Theater
BC Choir and Chamber Singers honor the legacy of Gandhi with accompaniment by the Synergy String Quartet. Read more about the Building Bridges in the World event.

Saturday, November 2

Student Speech Tournament

7 p.m. | FA 30
Communication students compete in a tournament on informative topics focused on Gandhi's Legacy. Read more about the Student Speech Tournament.

Monday, December 2

The Human Library

10 a.m. | Library Reading Room
A diverse group of people are "on loan" to student to talk about their experiences and challenge prejudices. Read more about the Human Library event.