Protests in Perspective

Co-sponsored by Open Society University Network (OSUN) & Carnegie Council


The killing of George Floyd and the wave of protests that followed bring to life the current struggle for civil rights, human rights, and social justice. 

This moment did not occur in isolation or in a vacuum.  Why did the protests go global? Is this social movement like others in history or is it unique? What happens when protests end?

This series will explore these questions and more through conversations with some of the leading voices on racial justice, human rights, and the history of protest movements.

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

Webinars & Podcasts

November 13: Civil Disobedience & Activism Today, with Erica Chenoweth & Deva Woodly (full video, podcast, transcript)

October 2: On the Streets for Social Justice: Lessons from the Past, with Michael Canham & Adom Getachew (full video, podcast, transcript)

September 11: The Protests Go Global, with Mary L. Dudziak & Brenda Gayle Plummer (full video, transcript)

August 31: The Role of the Media, with Danielle K. Kilgo (podcast, transcript)

July 7: Civil Society & Social Movements: A Conversation with Patrick Gaspard (full video, transcript)

Featured Speakers & Moderators

Jonathan Becker, executive vice president of Bard College and vice chancellor of the Open Society University Network.

Michael Canham, chief director for international relations and inter-governmental relations in the Office of the Governor of Gauteng, South Africa

Ting Ting Cheng, staff attorney at Legal Momentum

Erica Chenoweth, 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

Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and director of the Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society at Emory University

Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at The University of Chicago

Patrick Gaspard, president of Open Society Foundations

Danielle K. Kilgo,  John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Brenda Gayle Plummer, professor of history at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Neil Roberts, chair and professor of Africana studies and faculty affiliate in political science and religion at Williams College

Leslie Vinjamuri, dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs and director of the U.S. and the Americas Programme at Chatham House

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


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