Civil Disobedience & Activism Today

Friday, November 13, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

This event is being conducted virtually through Zoom webinar and YouTube Live.

Protesters stage a sit-in at Seattle City Hall, June 3, 2020. CREDIT: SounderBruce (CC).

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Civil disobedience is a storied political tradition. Can it empower today's activists? How should we understand the connection between protest and democracy? Citing movements from the recent past and using empirical data, this panel will address the relationship between forms of resistance and successful progressive reform.

Erica Chenoweth is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Deva Woodly is associate professor of politics, director of undergraduate studies, and departmental faculty advisor for politics at The New School for Social Research.

Ting Ting Cheng will moderate this conversation. She is staff attorney at Legal Momentum.

This program is co-sponsored by Carnegie Council and Open Society University Network.  



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