Gandhi Society of Calgary

Phone: 403.239.4480
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Dr. Anthony Parel

Anthony Parel is currently president of the Gandhi Society of Calgary. He is professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary, where he taught Political Science from 1966 until retirement in 1994. He received his doctorate in Government from Harvard in 1963. He has been a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, Hope Liverpool University, a Lonergan Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Concordia University, Montreal, and a visiting lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, where he is also a Life Member of Clare Hall.

His academic research has concentrated on the intersection of political philosophy, ethics and religious thought, focusing on the philosophies of Machiavelli and Mahatma Gandhi. He has published two books on Machiavelli: The Political Calculus, an edited volume published by the University of Toronto Press, and The Machiavellian Cosmos, published by Yale University Press. On Gandhi he has published four works: a critical edition of Gandhi’s fundamental work, Hind Swaraj and Other Writings, Cambridge University Press; Gandhi, Freedom and Self-Rule, an edited volume published by Lexington Books, Lanham, MD; Gandhi’s Philosophy and the Quest for Harmony, Cambridge University Press; and The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi, Cambridge University Press, co-edited with Professor Judith Brown of Oxford University. Each of these four books is also available in South Asian editions. He is the author-editor of Calgary Aquinas Studies, published by the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto; Theories of Property from Aristotle to the Present, edited with Thomas Flanagan of the University of Calgary and published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press; Ideology, Philosophy and Politics, also published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press; and a volume on Comparative Political Philosophy edited with Ronald C. Keith of Griffiths University, Australia was published by Sage and Lexington Books. He delivered the 2011 Annual Gandhi Foundation Lecture, at the Nehru Centre, London.

Cyrene Banerjee

Cyrene Banerjee joined The Gandhi Society of Calgary in 2010. Her first project was a fundraising luncheon in honour of her friend, Arun Gandhi, for the Avani school for street children run by his Foundation in Kolhapur, India.

Wanting to impact the lives of others, she assists the Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organisation (MSSO) in their Calgary events, and is Vice President, ArtsCan Co-operative for Artists since 2010, an initiative started by the City of Calgary for artists new-to-Canada. She has served on the Arts Committee of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for four years, as Treasurer, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 2009, and is a member of the South Asian Lions’ Club of Calgary.

Cyrene runs Art-in-Fusion inc, a business in fine art from India, with a view to expanding the market for the artists back home.