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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Gandhi: Discovering the Power of Nonviolence


E-Seminar 2
Martin Luther King Jr.: An American Gandhi


Nonviolent Power in Action
A Series of Three E-Seminars

 
Nonviolent Power in Action
E-Seminar 3, Gandhi's Disciples

Taught by: Dennis Dalton.

Description
E-Seminar Description
Gandhi's Disciples is the third e-seminar in a series based on Dennis Dalton's extremely popular and chronically oversubscribed course on the nature and power of the Gandhian political philosophy and practice of nonviolence, which Dalton has taught since the late 1960s.

In this e-seminar, Professor Dalton examines the legacy of Gandhi and how his philosophy of nonviolence was adopted by a variety of social movements across the twentieth century, from the Danish and French Huguenot resistance to Nazism, to migrant workers under the charismatic leadership of Cesar Chavez. Join Professor Dalton in his discussion and analysis of key political movements of the twentieth century, the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.

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
•   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.

•   Learn to analyze political actions for their expression of Gandhian thinking.

•    Gain an awareness of contemporary Gandhians.

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Outline
1. Introduction
2. World War II
      Rosenstrasse Incident
      Danish Resistance
      Le Chambon
3. The Sixties
      Cesar Chavez
      Dorothy Day
      The Berrigan Brothers
4. Successes and Failures
      The Serbian Example
      Failure at Tiananmen
      Lessons from Tiananmen
5. Contemporary Gandhians
      Thich Nhat Hanh
      Dalai Lama
      Aung San Suu Kyi
6. 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 1960s. 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
Ackerman, Peter and Jack DuVall. A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

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

Gandhi, Mahatma. Selected Political Writings. Edited by Dennis Dalton. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1997.

Sharp, Gene. The Politics of Nonviolent Action. Manchester, New Hampshire: Porter Sargent Publishers, 1973.

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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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