Posts by Stephanie Van Hook

Free Speech Movement

(The Free Speech Movement launching. . . ) (Metta’s own Michael Nagler at the FSM above in his Deux Chevaux, taking people home from jail…) First, take in the good news, that is, nonviolence in the news. Then, stay to hear and learn more about the Free Speech Movement. We are proud to share this… read more

Nonviolent Dissent and Accompaniment

A Prerequisite to a World Beyond War: Nonviolent Dissent and Accompaniment In this talk recorded on September 27, 2014 in Petaluma, California, activist, author and peace journalist Kathy Kelly discusses the everyday realities of living with war and encourages us to use these stories to think more critically–and nonviolently– about security, safety and justice.  … read more

Peace and Conflict Studies 164-c Session 4

Topic: Gandhi and Satyagraha (next course is on constructive programme) Resource: Names, books, films mentioned in this lecture. Video: (nb, some canine friends come to join the course at the beginning…)  … read more

Peace and Conflict Studies 164-C Session 3

Topic: Some thoughts on Leadership, and Strands of the History of Nonviolence from “The West” and from the Vedanta. Resource: Names, books, films mentioned in this lecture. Resource: Topics in course, time-stamped (not yet prepared) Video: Audio: Podcast: Play in new window | Download… read more

PACS 164-c Session 2

The second session of our 8 week Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS 164-c) at the Metta Center with Professor Michael Nagler. Topic: What is nonviolence? On the scapegoating system and some thoughts on pre-history. Resource: Names, books, films mentioned in this lecture. Resource: Topics in course, time-stamped Video: Audio below: Podcast: Play in new window | Download… read more

Urban Shield and Militarization of Law Enforcement

 These t-shirts were sold at the Urban Shield event in Oakland, 2014. This photo, of Berkeley law enforcement in military fatigues, was taken at Urban Shield 2011. Peace Paradigm Radio looks at Urban Shield and the militarization of the law enforcement agents in the United States. We are joined by Oakland activist Nichola Torbett to… read more

PACS 164-c Session 1

The first session of our 8 week Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS 164-c) at the Metta Center with Professor Michael Nagler. Topic: The New Story: Wisdom Traditions and Science Resource: Names, books, films mentioned in this lecture. Video:   Or Audio.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download… read more

Obstructive Program

Obstructive Program is the use of civil disobedience to change an unjust or oppressive social order.  Obstructive program together with constructive program make up the two branches of Gandhi’s Satyagraha. This term was coined by Michael Nagler.… read more

Empathy, Compassion and Nonviolent Intervention

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” –Maya Angelou (Botticelli’s La primavera is set in a bitter orange grove. . .  What does this have to do with our show? Read below…) Empathy and compassion are essential to personal well-being. They are also skills we can develop that help… read more