Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Sri Lanka's Saravodaya Movement: Health and Hope in Times of Civil War and Natural Disaster

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • University Club, 803 State Street, Madison WI


  • For guests from institutional member

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The past six decades in the island nation of Sri Lanka have been marked by civil war, natural disaster and post colonial development. Known for its rice paddies, temples and tourist beaches, the country is now emerging from an idyllic past of rural villages and traditional values to modern political and economic challenges that may seem intractable.  But the remarkable nationwide movement called Sarvodaya (“the awakening of all”) has inspired both hope and practical solutions.  It has empowered millions of poor people to improve their quality of life.  Based on Gandhian and Buddhist principles, the movement has enabled them build thousands of pre-schools, village banks and governing councils.  It has championed inter-faith and inter-ethnic peace. 

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, community health physician, peace maker and executive leader, has a lifetime of experience at the center of that history.  Son of Sarvodaya founder and Gandhi Peace Prize winner A.T. Ariyaratne, he has put the holistic Sarvodaya approach into a form suited to the 21st century.  The result has been that the movement has an influential role in both developing and post industrial societies. It has inspired similar strategies throughout the world.

**Notes On Accessibility at the University Club**

There is a ramp on the NW side of the building, and there are elevators to all levels.  The University Club prefers to escort people who use the elevator to go to the lower level, since it comes out at a part of the building that isn't very close to the meeting area. 

The men's restroom is on the bottom floor and the women's is on the ground floor; however there is a unisex restroom on the bottom floor if a woman doesn't want to take the stairs or elevator up.

There are 3 first-come-first served handicapped parking spots within 50 yards of the building (you drive up the road by the Chasen), and another 3-4 more handicapped parking spots that are available to people with UW disability permits.
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