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 The Stanford Peace+Justice Studies Initiative
and

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
present

Ways to Justice
Perspectives on Nonviolence, Civil Resistance and Self Defense

May 6th - 8th, 2016
Stanford University

Free and open to the public

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The purpose of the “Ways to Justice” conference is to bring together prominent scholars and activists who share an interest in the methods of struggle used in grassroots justice movements. A collection of historical anniversaries that are being marked in 2016, including the 50th anniversaries of the rise of the Black Power movement and founding of the Black Panthers, and of the release of the seminal film The Battle of Algiers, provide a frame for re-examining the challenges to nonviolent methods that arose in the 1960s and that reverberate in today's struggles for civil and human rights. The conference also features student-organized workshops, live performances, lunchtime events, and film screenings.

The conference is free.
 

Conference Schedule:

 

Friday (May 6) - Tresidder Memorial Union, Oak Lounge West (2nd floor)

10:00am-noon    Roundtable 1: "Civil Versus Armed Resistance in a Global Context: Quantitative Studies and Historical Contingencies" (Introduction: Daniel M. Murray)
    George Ciccariello-Maher, Associate Professor of Politics, Drexel University
    Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of New Mexico
    Maria Stephan, Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
    Rebecca Tarlau, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
    Joel Beinin (Chair), Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Stanford University

noon-12:30pm    Lunch Break

12:30-1:30pm    Lunchtime Film Screening and Filmmaker Discussion (Introduction: Clayborne Carson)
    Love and Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers' Rights (2014), featuring Michael K. Honey (Co-producer)

1:30-3:30pm    Roundtable 2: "Nonviolent Action Versus Diversity of Tactics in Contemporary Resistance Movements" (Introduction: Eric Sapp)
    Peter Gelderloos (participating remotely), anarchist and writer  book_excerpt  article
    Juliet Hooker (participating remotely), Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin  paper
    Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director, United We Dream Network
    Omar Wasow, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University
    Todd Davies (Chair), Co-Director of the Peace+Justice Studies Initiative and Associate Director and Lecturer in Symbolic Systems, Stanford University

3:30-4:00pm    Break

4:00-6:00pm    Roundtable 3: "Cui Bono? Do Violent 'Flanks' Help or Hurt Nonviolent Movements? Does Nonviolence Help the State?" (Introduction: Cole Manley)
    Herbert Haines, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, State University of New York, College at Cortland
    Dustin Ells Howes, David J. Kriskovich Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University
    Maria Stephan, Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
    Omar Wasow, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University  paper
    Jim Campbell (Chair), Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University

6:00-7:00pm    Dinner break + Open Space in Oak Lounge West (sign up on the day of the conference)

7:00-9:00pm    Performances: Poetry and Music Across Generations
    Stanford Spoken Word Collective (poetry)
    Michael K. Honey (freedom and labor songs)
    Jae and EAGLEBABEL of The Outsiders (hip hop)

9:00-11:00pm    Film Screening
    The Battle of Algiers (1966)

 

Saturday (May 7) - Building 420 (Jordan Hall, except as noted)

8:30-9:00am    Breakfast Served [Courtyard]

9:00-10:00am    Student Workshops Keynote (Introduction: Sarah Ribeiro-Broomhead) [Room 040]
    Kristian Davis Bailey ('14), activist and social movement journalist based in Detroit

10:00-11:30am    Parallel Session 1
    Film Screening: Concerning Violence (2014) [Room 040]   
    Student Workshop A: "Strategic Logics of Anti-Capitalism", led by Courtney Pal ('18) & Student Workshop C: "Activist Tour of Stanford", led by the Stanford Asian American Activist Coalition (SAAAC) [Courtyard]
    Student Workshop B: "Democratizing Our Movements: Techniques for Anti-Authoritarian Group Structure, Decision-making, and Facilitation", led by Dean Chahim ('18) [Bldg. 460, Room 334]

10:30am-noon    Teachers Conference Lecture: "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Ongoing Struggle for Freedom" [Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2), Room 111]
    Clayborne Carson, Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History, Stanford University

11:30am-12:00    Lunch Served [Courtyard]

12:00-12:30pm    Lunch Presentation by Activists from the Freedom Side (Introduction: Violet Trachtenberg) [Room 040]
    Austin Belali, Director of the Youth Engagement Fund of the Democracy Alliance
    Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director, United We Dream Network
    Charles Taylor, Mississippi NAACP
   
Mary Elizabeth King (Chair), Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace; Scholar-in-Residence in the School of International Service, American University; and Distinguished Fellow at the Rothermere Institute, University of Oxford

12:30-2:30pm    Roundtable 4: "Meanings of 'Nonviolence': An Approach to Political Action or a Way of Life?" (Introduction: Violet Trachtenberg) [Room 040]
    Michael K. Honey, Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities and Professor, Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History, University of Washington at Tacoma
    Vinod K. Kool, Professor of Psychology, State University of New York Polytechnic Institute   
    Michael Nagler, Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
    Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution, and Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Linda Hess (Chair), Co-Director of the Peace+Justice Studies Initiative and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Stanford University

2:30-3:00pm    Break

3:00-5:00pm    Roundtable 5: "Historical Role(s) of Nonviolent Action and Self-Defense in Civil Rights Struggles" (Introduction: Erica Knox) [Room 040]
    Charles Cobb (participating remotely), SNCC Digital Gateway Visiting Scholar, Duke University
    Mary Elizabeth King, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace; Scholar-in-Residence in the School of International Service, American University; and Distinguished Fellow at the Rothermere Institute, University of Oxford
    Maria Varela, community activist, writer, photographer, and teacher based in Albuquerque  book_chapter
    Clayborne Carson (Chair), Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History, Stanford University

5:00-6:30pm    Parallel Session 2
    Film Screening: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015) [Room 040]
    Student Workshop D: "Healing Ourselves First: Facilitation towards Social Justice", led by Jazlyn Patricio-Archer ('16) [Bldg. 460, Room 126]

6:15-7:00pm    Book Signing Event for Authors [Room 050]
    NOTE: Books related to the conference may be purchased throughout the weekend at the Stanford Bookstore and brought to the Book Signing

7:00-9:00pm    Dinner Break + Open Spaces in Reserved Rooms (sign up on the day of the conference)

9:00-11:00pm    Film Screening [Room 040]
    Freedom Song (2000)

 

Sunday (May 8) - Building 420 (Jordan Hall)

9:30-10:00am    Breakfast Served [Courtyard]

10:00-11:30am    Concluding Roundtable: "What Have We Learned?" [Room 040]

11:30am-noon    Lunch Served [Courtyard]

12:00-2:00pm    Lunch Panel: "Spiritual Outrage and Redemptive Activism" (Introduction: Geoff Browning) [Room 040]
    Howard Lindsay, Senior Equity Sales Trader, Goldman, Sachs & Co., San Francisco
    Floyd Thompkins (Chair), Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary

(2:00-4:00pm    Continuation sessions - Rooms available for follow-on discussions)
 

About the participants:

  • Kristian Davis Bailey: co-author (with Khury Petersen-Smith) of the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine; graduate of Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (B.A., 2014); activist and social movement journalist based in Detroit
  • Austin Belali: organizer and educator; led the development of a major youth program at one of America’s largest service sector unions and has taught comparative democracy to high school students in Dakar, Senegal and Delhi, India; was a key organizer of the youth of color network Freedom Side; board member of low-income immigrant organization CASA; Director of the Youth Engagement Fund of the Democracy Alliance in Washington, D.C.
  • Joel Beinin: author Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (2015) and co-editor with Frédéric Vairel of Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edition (2013) among other books; former President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2002) and Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo (2006-2008); Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University
  • Geoff Browning: Campus Minister, United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford
  • James T. Campbell: co-editor of Race, Nation, and Empire in American History (2007) and author of Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 (2006) and of Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa (1998); co-creator of the Freedom Now! website; Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University
  • Clayborne Carson: author of Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013), In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981), Malcolm X: The FBI File (1991), and editor (chosen by Coretta Scott King) of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. (7 volumes, ongoing) and of the Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (whose audio version received a Grammy Award); Senior Adviisor for the series Eyes on the Prize (1986, 1990); Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History at Stanford University
  • George Ciccariello-Maher: author of We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution (2013) and two forthcoming books; has taught radical theory and politics at Drexel, U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas; Associate Professor of Politics at Drexel University
  • Charles Cobb: staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s; author of This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (2014) and other books; founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2008; SNCC Digital Gateway Visiting Scholar at Duke University [participating through a live video link]
  • Todd Davies: co-editor with Seeta Peña Gangadharan of Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice (2009); co-Director of the Peace+Justice Studies Initiative and Associate Director and Lecturer in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University
  • Peter Gelderloos: author of The Failure of Nonviolence (Revised) (2015) and How Nonviolence Protects the State (2007), among other books and articles; anarchist and writer [participating through a live video link]
  • Herbert Haines: social movement scholar who coined the term "radical flank effect" to refer to the effects that more radical activists have on broader movements of which they are part; author of Black Radicals and the Civil Rights Mainstream, 1954-1970 (1984); Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at the State University of New York, College at Cortland
  • Linda Hess: author of Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India (2015); co-Director of the Peace+Justice Studies Initiative and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Stanford University
  • Michael K. Honey: author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign (2008) and other books; co-producer of the documentary film Love and Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights (2014); 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in the Humanities; Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities and Professor, Labor and Ethnic Studies and American History at the University of Washington at Tacoma
  • Juliet Hooker: political theorist specializing in comparative political theory and critical race theory; author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity (2009); co-Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Racial and Social Class Inequalities in the Americas; Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin [participating through a live video link]
  • Dustin Ells Howes: author of Freedom Without Violence (2016) and Toward a Credible Pacifism (2009); contributor to the website Waging Nonviolence; recipient of the University of North Carolina Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2002; David J. Kriskovich Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University
  • Mary Elizabeth King: SNCC staffer from the 1960s, author of Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924-25 Vykom Satyagraha and Mechanisms of Change (2014) and many other books on nonviolent conflict;  Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace, Scholar-in-Residence in the School of International Service at American University, and Distinguished Fellow at the Rothermere Institute, University of Oxford
  • Erica Knox: Coterminal B.S./M.S. Student, Earth Systems ('16), Stanford University
  • Vinod K. Kool: author of The Psychology of Nonviolence and Aggression (2008) and other books and articles; previous teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oregon; recent recipient of his third Fullbright Award, including two as a Fullbright Specialist, to deliver a series of lectures at Mahatma Gandhi University in India; Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly)
  • Howard Lindsay: former Minister and Finance Assistant for the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.; Senior Equity Sales Trader, Goldman, Sachs & Co., San Francisco
  • Cole Manley: BA, History (2015), Stanford University
  • Greisa Martinez: activist with Freedom Side; co-founded the Council for Minority Student Affairs at Texas A&M University, the first undocumented youth-led group in the University’s 100 year history; founded the Texas Dream Alliance and was a fellow with the League of Young Voters; Advocacy Director at the United We Dream Network
  • Daniel M. Murray: Lecturer and Director of Community Engaged Learning, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University
  • Michael Nagler: co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future (2002) and other books; Founder-President of Metta Center for Nonviolence; recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for “Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India” in 2007, joining  Archbishop Desmond Tutu and peace scholar Johan Galtung, among other contributors to nonviolence, as recipients of the award; Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley
  • Sharon Erickson Nepstad: author of Nonviolent Struggle: Theories, Strategies and Dynamics (2015), Nonviolent Revolutions: Civil Resistance in the Late Twentieth Century (2011), Religion and War Resistance in the Plowshares Movement (2008), and Convictions of the Soul: Religion, Culture, and Agency in the Central America Solidarity Movement (2004); Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of New Mexico
  • Jamila Raqib: co-author with Gene Sharp of Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression; Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and as a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Sarah Ribeiro-Broomhead: Undergraduate ('18), Stanford University
  • Eric Sapp: Ph.D. Student, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University
  • Maria Stephan: co-author with Erica Chenoweth of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (2011); editor of Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (2015) and Civilian Jihad (2009); recipient of the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Prize by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in political science and the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order; formerly with the U.S. State Department; Senior Policy Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace
  • Rebecca Tarlau: a 2014 Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from the University of California, Berkeley; author of "Not-So-Public Contention: Movement Strategies, Regimes, and the Transformation of Public Institutions in Brazil" in the journal Mobilization, and "From a Language to a Theory of Resistance: Critical Pedagogy, the Limits of ‘Framing,’ and Social Change" (in Educational Theory); Postdoctoral Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University
  • Charles Taylor: a 2012 graduate of Morehouse College (Philosophy) and Member of Freedom Side; State Organizer for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP 2012 "This is My Vote" campaign which registered 29,000+ African Americans to vote in Mississippi; Field Director and Campaign Coordinator for Better Schools, Better Jobs (Initiative 42 in MS to fully fund education); Political Data Manager and Community Organizer for Energy Democracy at One Voice, Inc. in Mississippi
  • Rev. Floyd Thompkins: a former Assistant Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University, Associate Dean of Religious Life of Stanford University and pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in San Jose, Georgia; former CEO of the Bower Fund, a grassroots non profit organization that developed programs to empower the families of opportunity youth in South Georgia; formerly the Strong African American Family Educator for the University of Georgia Family Research Center; Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry at the San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • Violet Trachtenberg: Undergraduate, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity ('16), Stanford University
  • Maria Varela: staff member with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s, and co-founder of Ganados del Valle and a principal of the Rural Resources Group in northern New Mexico; author of "Time to Get Ready" from the book Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts By Women in SNCC (2010); a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1990, visiting faculty member at the Colorado College (1997-2012), and one of the "1000 Women Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize" in 2005; community activist, writer, photographer, and teacher based in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Omar Wasow: a 2013 Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University; founder of BlackPlanet.com and the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School; author of “Nonviolence, Violence and Voting: Effects of the 1960s Black Protests on White Attitudes and Voting Behavior” and another recent working paper about responses to nonviolent and violent protest in Ferguson, Missouri; Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University

Co-sponsored by the Peace+Justice Studies Initiative and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Center for South Asia at Stanford, the Arca Foundation, Students for Alternatives to Militarism, and the Stanford Concert Network

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February 11, 2014 Film Screening with Discussion: "Making the Change, Being the Change: Theatre as Outer and Inner Process" screened-video
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