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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Gandhi: Discovering the Power of Nonviolence


E-Seminar 3
Gandhi's Disciples


Nonviolent Power in Action
A Series of Three E-Seminars

 
Nonviolent Power in Action
E-Seminar 2, Martin Luther King Jr.: An American Gandhi

Taught by: Dennis Dalton

Description
E-Seminar Description
In his second e-seminar, Professor Dalton examines the practice and theory of the man who has been called "An American Gandhi," Martin Luther King Jr. Emerging on the scene with the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, King, who was familiar with Gandhi's writings, became a critical leader in the nonviolent movement. In this e-seminar, Professor Dalton grounds Martin Luther King Jr. in the historical backdrop of Montgomery, and discusses King's very explicit principles and tactics of nonviolence.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Identify the theoretical perspective of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Gandhian elements in both his theory and practice.

•    Learn the basic chronology of events at Montgomery, Alabama, the birth of the modern civil-rights movement.

•    Acquire an appreciation for the power of Gandhi's legacy to inspire political action in a wide range of geographical locations and varied cultural situations throughout the twentieth century.

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Outline
1. Introduction
2. Montgomery Bus Boycott
3. King's Theory
      King's Seven Principles
      King's Four Tactics
4. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Dennis Dalton is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, where he has been lecturing on the history and philosophy of nonviolence since the late 1960's. Dalton is a favorite lecturer among students on campus, and his course on nonviolence is chronically oversubscribed.

Dalton went to India for the first time in 1960, only twelve years after Gandhi was assassinated, and had the opportunity to become well acquainted with several key associates of Gandhi, who were still alive at that time. He has been back numerous times since then and has expanded his areas of research to include other disciples of Gandhi, including Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as some of the lesser-known righteous gentiles of the second world war.

Dalton himself has participated in a variety of political movements, including the civil rights movement, the movement against apartheid in South Africa, the movement against the war in Vietnam, and the campaign for nuclear disarmament.


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Recommended Reading
Dalton, Dennis. Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

Washington, James M., ed. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1991.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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