5th Annual John D. Stratton Conference

The Future of Nonviolence

Multi-disciplinary conference will be held February 23, 2019 in the Dauch College of Business at Ashland University

Registration Now Open!  Register online through February 20.

The theory and practice of nonviolence includes a wide variety of philosophies, theologies, practices, and strategies. What does the future hold for these? Are the past successes of nonviolent movements adequately remembered and celebrated? Do they inspire fresh commitments and strategies? What do recent advances, realizations, and discoveries in all disciplines mean for reducing violent conflict, achieving nonviolent social change, and bringing about a just peace for more people and communities? What threats do present geopolitical realities pose to these prospects? What are the most relevant and enduring sources of nonviolence, both philosophically and historically? Have some forms of nonviolence become outmoded, unworkworkable, unwise, or untrue? Where does belief in and felicity with nonviolence need to be renewed? Historically, how have people’s commitment to nonviolence been revitalized?

The goal of this one day conference is to address questions such as these by considering the future of nonviolence.

Panels and Presentations:

Agents provocateurs: Strategic implications for civil resistance
Tom Hastings
Portland State

Nonviolence in Violent Times: Exploring militant antifascism, eco-defense, and property destruction
Michael Loadenthal
Miami University/Peace and Justice Studies Association

Thomas Merton and Pope St. John XXIII: 20th Century Apostles of Nonviolence and Peace
Thomas Snyder
Ashland Theological Seminary

Does Nonviolence Even Have A Future?
Paul Robinson
North Central State College

Reborn in the Salvadoran People: Oscar Romero and the Future of Nonviolence
Zachary Dehm
Duquesne University

Panel on Rethinking Democracy and Nonviolent Power in Dangerous Times
Colins Imoh, The University of Toledo
Janet Gerson, International Institute on Peace Education
Dale Snauwaert, The University of Toledo
Jeff Warnke, Walsh University

Peaceful Identity: A Critical Evaluation of Giorgio Agamben’s Philosophy
Hank Spaulding
Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Political Theology, Martin Luther King, Jr., & Frantz Fanon: Can “the apostle of nonviolence” & “the apostle of violence” meet?
Seth Gaiters
The Ohio State University

Violence and Expulsion as Obstructions to Asylum: Questioning Obstacles
Gary Baker
Denison University

And God Said to Them: How Radical Anthropocentrism Does Violence to God’s Gift of Creation
Krista Stevens
John Carroll University

Lead, the brain, and violence
Jeff Weidenhamer
Ashland University

Love as the Moral Foundation of Nonviolence
Shawn Graves
University of Findlay

Gender Stratification
Ekklesia Jenkins and Tyler Olson
Cuyahoga Community College

Religious conviction in Antiwar Identity
Julie Hart
Ohio Dominican University

Christian Literary Witness & Non-violence
Mark Ryan
University of Dayton

Some Thoughts On Justice, Responsibility and Violence
Charles Blatz
The University of Toledo

May 4, 1970: Is Reconciliation Possible?
Robin Burkhardt
Kent State University


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