One evening in 2012, I talked for hours with Jawdat Said, a Syrian spiritual mystic and author of the first completely nonviolent interpretation of the Koran. His niece, Afra, from the University of Toronto, had recently visited Kensafra, a small town in the north of Syria. Here is a story she shared with me: A… read more
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The courses below are for self-paced study. To help you progress with the material, we suggest following the modules as categorized here. However, feel free to explore the material according to your knowledge and interests.
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I. Introducing Nonviolence
II. Peace and Conflict Studies: Webcasts
- Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) 164 A and B (taught by Michael Nagler at UC Berkeley)
- PACS 164 C (taught by Michael Nagler at Metta Center)
III. Nonviolent Action
IV. The Spirituality of Nonviolence
V. Data & Strategy
We have created this section as a community for the sharing of nonviolence stories. Our hope is these stories will be seeds of discussion and learning, to inspire further thought and action in all of us who are dedicated to exploring nonviolence deeply in our own lives.
What are the nonviolent moments that have changed your life? These can be stories of small things (interacting with a stranger on the street, having a difficult conversation with a family member), or a recounting of significant events. They can also be stories of how we came to understand a certain facet of nonviolence that had previously eluded us, or of times we thought we understood nonviolence, but it turned out we got it wrong. You begin to get the picture…
Read the stories contributed so far, or write to us to share one of your own!
Latest Nonviolence Stories
At the United Nations on Thursday, 24 May, the missions of Australia and Uruguay hosted a Side Event on “Sustaining Peace and Preventing Violence Through Unarmed Civilian Protection” following an open-ended debate in the Security Council on the protection of civilians. Carmen Lauzon-Garmaytan, an unarmed civilian protector from Mindanao, Yasmin Maydhane who protects civilians in South… read more