SPRING 2017 LOCAL DIALOGUE SERIES : TRANSFORMING THIS MOMENT
Protecting Civil Rights, Promoting Civic Engagement — Bridging Our Divides
While the post-election period has been a time of deep uncertainty for vulnerable communities across the U.S., it has also been a moment of intense mobilization. Concerned citizens and groups are galvanized for positive change and are rallying together to protect the rights of their neighbors. In this context, Critical Connections and the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding are launching the 'Transforming This Moment' series with two distinct tracks: Protecting Civil Rights, Promoting Civic Engagement and Bridging Our Divides. Join us in 2017 as we learn more about emerging threats to civil rights and liberties, deepen our capacity to overcome enduring racial, religious, class and culture divides, understand the ability of our institutions to protect targeted communities, and explore the transformative role we all can play during challenging times.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN THIS SERIES:
This Event is part of our Transforming this Moment: Protecting Civil Rights, Promoting Civic Engagement series.
WHEN DEMOCRACIES TURN AUTHORITARIAN: STRATEGIES FOR NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
12:00 - 1:30PM
Smith College, Room CC 103/104
SPEAKER: Dr. Maria J. Stephan
What are effective strategies for civic engagement and resistance when democracies gradually become authoritarian, and begin to undermine governing documents and institutions? Join us for an interactive discussion with Dr. Maria J. Stephan, whose groundbreaking work on strategic nonviolence outlines effective ways to defend democratic ideals and institutions when countries begin to drift towards authoritarianism.
RSVP: Caleb Seamon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-sponsors: Critical Connections, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Smith College (Department of Government)