Professor Pamela Couture, Jane and Geoffrey Chair in Church and Community, has been selected to participate in a course sponsored by the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict, https://civilresistancestudies.org. “Civil Resistance Unpacked: Strategic Practice and Analysis” runs from December 6, 2016-January 18, 2017, is formed around an online self-learning community, and requires a minimum commitment of 7-10 hours a week. It involves correspondence with the fifty other activists who are part of the course, reading the assignments for each of six modules of work, and playing the video game “People Power,” in which four scenarios allow students to test strategies to resist promote human rights and resist autocracies and corruption. This opportunity will directly inform an enhanced module on non-violent civil resistance in her course, Religious Peacebuilding, which she will teach in Winter, 2017.
She says, “Much of the practice of peacebuilding has focused on conflict resolution and development. Nonviolent civil resistance is one additional component in an organic peacebuilding model—but one in which people who have the commitment to nonviolence need to be trained in its practice. Various forms of civil reistance were important to Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda and can be found in my recent book about him and his community, We Are Not All Victims: Local Peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Lit Verlag, 2016), and it is important to us in North America who are concerned about the increasing normalization of the rhetoric of hate, both in the United States and in Canada. At Emmanuel College, we want to educate students in the theory and practice of nonviolent ways to be socially engaged and constructive.”