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Introductions to Strategies and Tactics of Nonviolence

A Workshop with Serbian Activist Srdja Popovic

Friday, March 2, 2018, 10:00am

GISB Auditorium 0001

Serbian activist Srdja Popovic will offer a workshop that draws on his experiences working with resistance movements around the world. He will also answer questions and speak about the Centre for Applied Non-violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), of which he is co-director.

This session will explain how the purpose of each tactic employed by nonviolent movements should fulfill one of the following three purposes: disrupting your opponent/their pillars of support; mobilization of your own movement, or influencing the neutral audience in your spectrum of allies. Additionally, the class will focus on how the tactics should be planned and prepared regarding several aspects like targeting, costs and benefits, and potential risks for the movement.

Later on Friday, Popovic will also participate in a discussion on the power of satire as a force for fostering critical citizenship and challenging the status quo.

Srdja Popovic is one of the founding members of the Serbian non-violent resistance movement Otpor!, which was instrumental in toppling Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, and the Centre for Applied Non-violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), an NGO in Belgrade that trains pro-democracy activists around the world, both in person and through online courses such as “Leading Nonviolent Movements for Social Progress.” Popovic is author of Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World.

These events are presented by the College Arts & Humanities Institute and co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Political and Civic Engagement Program (PACE), the Media School, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Political Science, the Russian and East European Institute, and the Indiana Memorial Union Board.