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Provisional Program: Ohio 2018

James Lawson Institute

Sunday, July 29 – Thursday, August 2, 2018

“Power and Struggle”

Day One: Sunday, July 29

3:00 p.m. Program opens

Welcome and Introductions

Introduction of Personnel and Participants

Discussion of JLI Goals

Opening Exercise


Introduction of the Reverend Dr James M. Lawson: Sekou Franklin

Remarks: The Reverend Dr. James M. Lawson

Historical perspective for the Nashville story



Day Two: Monday, July 30: Recovering Nonviolent Power

Nonviolent Direct Action

Case Study: Key Women in 1950s–1960s Freedom Movement: Septima Clarke, Ella Baker, Dorothy Cotton : Sekou Franklin  

Small group discussions to bring forward other examples

Case Study: Nonviolent Direct Action Meets Gandhi’s Constructive Program:
     Building Movement in Terror Ridden Mississippi: Mary King

Q & A


Day Three: Tuesday, July 31: Strategy, Tactics, and Methods in Waging Nonviolent Struggle

How Civil Resistance Works

Discussion with Q&A or small-group exercises: each group chooses a concept from the presentation, broadening it from participants’ experiences   

Erica Chenoweth’s Ted Talk
2017 Interview with Erica Chenoweth

Discussion with Q&A or small-group exercises: each group chooses a concept from the presentation, broadening it from participants’ experiences, and delete the second listing of small group exercises?

Theory and Practice

Strategy, Tactics, and Methods in Nonviolent Struggle
Why do we need strategy? Mary King

Interactive exercise on sequencing and ordering methods in planning strategy:
     Philippe Duhamel


Day Four: Wednesday, August 1: Challenges and Facing Fear

Facing poorly understood threats to effective nonviolent action

Paradox of Repression
Stephen Zunes

Choosing Nonviolent Struggle:  A Strategic Framework for Building Mass Movements
     Philippe Duhamel 

Small breakout group exercises

Nonviolent discipline when facing hostile actors

Nonviolent Discipline and Tangible Preparation for Handling Hostile Actors
     Tom Hastings

Practice exercises: meetings, negotiations, on-site keeping the peace

Communications as a crucial component of nonviolent action

Effective Communications, Messaging, Slogans
Deborah Mathis

Organizing Models for Building Sustainable Movements
Stephen Zunes

Interactive session on lessons learned and practical problems

Day Five: Thursday, August 2: “Language of the newly emerging society”

Learning from the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

“Language of the Newly Emerging Society”

Panel discussion on Language, Communications, Messaging, and Slogans

Discussion: “Where Do We Go from here?”

Parting Lunch (assemble for group photograph)