Freedom Lab Event Report on “Gandhi, Vegetarianism, and Culinary Cosmopolitanism”

By Ruihan Wan

Class of 2022

On April 13, 2020, The Freedom Lab invited Professor Nico Slate from Carnegie Mellon University to lead a discussion on the topic of “Gandhi, Vegetarianism, and Culinary Cosmopolitanism.” The Freedom Lab co-directors, Professors Jesse Olsavsky and Selina Lai-Henderson hosted the discussion. Humanities Research Center co-director Professor James Miller, Lab Manager Tim Smith, Professor Titas Chakraborty, and around 25 students attended the discussion. Continue reading “Freedom Lab Event Report on “Gandhi, Vegetarianism, and Culinary Cosmopolitanism””

Freedom Lab: Launch Event

Date: March 26

Time: 9pm (China time) / 9am (US Eastern time)

Zoom Meeting ID: 344-318-9585

Hosted by the Lab’s faculty and student researchers, the launch will introduce the Lab, its objectives and research projects, as well as a series of exciting events for 2020.

The launch will conclude with a Keynote by Professor Geoffrey Harpham (Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute on Ethics, Duke University) on “Freedom and the Character of Scholarship,” followed by a Question and Answer session. This event will be recorded and posted on the Freedom Lab Website for all to view. Continue reading “Freedom Lab: Launch Event”

Gandhi, Vegetarianism, and Culinary Cosmopolitanism: A Discussion with Professor Nico Slate

April 13, 2020

8:30 PM (China Time) 8:30 AM (US Eastern Time)

Zoom Meeting ID: 261-330-4845

All in the DKU community are welcome to join in a discussion with Professor Nico Slate (Carnegie Mellon University) on the subject of vegetarianism and its relation to Gandhi’s political views on race, cosmopolitanism, and decolonization. Discussion will be based on two short pieces written by Professor Slate.

Nico Slate is a Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. He is author of 5 books, including Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India. His most recent book is Gandhi’s Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind.

Please contact Chi Zhang at or Yifei Qi at to get the readings.