Special Thursday Night Lecture: “This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century” by Mark Engler.
From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is reasserting strategic nonviolent action as a potent force in shaping public debate and forcing political change. Although the media consistently portray mass movements as spontaneous and unpredictable, there are core principles and strategies that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest. In their newly published book, This Is an Uprising, authors Mark and Paul Engler draw on discussions with contemporary activists and provide new insights into such groundbreaking figures as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven. Hear from Mark Engler how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics. He challenges us to understand nonviolence as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation that can create real social change.
Mark Engler, a writer based in Philadelphia, is an editorial board member at Dissent, a contributing editor at Yes! Magazine, and a senior analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus. He is the author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle over the Global Economy. He can be reached at www.DemocracyUprising.com. Copies of Mark’s book This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century will be available for purchase on the premises, with a book signing to follow his talk.