Welcome to the History Blog!

xxxNonviolent movements have been expanding at an accelerating rate since the days of Gandhi and King.

The living history of nonviolence is emerging constantly, and we shall endeavor to keep you in touch with these developments on this Blog!

For My Nephew: A New Kind of History

Photo of Gandhi at the Salt March

In this blog-series accompanying our project of updating the Peace and Conflict Studies lectures (we call it PACS 164-c), Kimberlyn David reviews some of the key material of the course from a personal lens in an effort to generate personal reflection and the application of course content. Comment boxes are open below! * * *… read more

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

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

Pots and Pans Clang in Chile’s Night

By Mercedes Mack “At eight o’clock that evening, however, the city came to sudden life. In one neighborhood after another, a faint metallic clanking began, rising to a crescendo as people began to beat on pots and pans… May 11 was an explosion of joy and excitement, because people were so amazed that they were… 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: http://mettacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/PACS-164-c-Session-3-.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download… read more

A Movement of Meaning: Peasants Struggle for Land and Dignity in Brazil

(FROM CAL PEACE POWER: VOL 3 ISSUE 2 2007) BY Jerlina Love Printable Version: Download as PDF     Children at an MST camp, in the state of Minas Gerais. (Photo by Joshua Thayer)   The Landless Laborers’ Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem-Terra or MST) is the most important new social movement in contemporary Latin America with over… read more

March on Washington

Nonviolence in History: Sponsored by Lokashakti.org.  For the first installment of this new, regular collaboration between the Metta Center, Peace Paradigm Radio, and Lokashakti, we focus on the March on Washington, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, the 28th of August.  Coming in 1963 – a full 8 years after the modern US civil… read more