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This Is an Uprising with Mark Engler

April 29 @ 8:30 pm10:00 pm

10 - 15

There is a craft to uprising—and this craft can change the world.

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. In Mark Engler’s new book This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century , (co-authopred with Paul Engler) he looks at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.

With incisive insights from contemporary activists, as well as fresh revelations about the work of groundbreaking figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Gene Sharp, and Frances Fox Piven, the Englers show how people with few resources and little conventional influence are engineering the upheavals that are reshaping contemporary politics.

Nonviolence is usually seen simply as a philosophy or moral code. Join us for a conversation on how it can instead be deployed as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation and insight into how social transformation happens.

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.


April 29
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
$10 - $15
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