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Participating in Peace

At the University of Maryland, opportunities for participating in peace abound. From leadership activities to civic engagement possibilities, students, faculty, and staff can find ways to participate in peace in their daily lives. From studying ethnic and gender diversities and multicultural differences and samenesses, we come to understandings about how people can live together. In fact, people learning to live together harmoniously lies at the very foundation of peace, for without that, peace cannot exist.

Here you can explore the many possibilities at UMD for participating in peace and seeing how others have participated in peace.

Coursework Related to the Study of Peace
Events and Activities
UMD Programs Participating in Peace

Come back often because we’ll be adding courses, events, and programs throughout the Semester on Peace. Thanks for visiting!

Coursework Related to Participating in Peace
Visit the courses page to see the coursework identified by faculty, departments, and students as having a relationship to the study of participating in peace.

Download a PDF of all the course listings
here.

Discuss an independent program of the study of peace with the Independent Studies Program.

Check back often, as the course listings will increase over the Semester on Peace and beyond.

Events and Activities
(Also see Events and Activities in Peace-Full Places, Personal Peace, Participating in Peace, and on our Events page)

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JANUARY ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: A Force More Powerful (India, South Africa, U.S.A.)
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, January 20, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
A Force More Powerful is a documentary on one of the 20th century’s most important and least-known stories – how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule. In South Africa in 1907, Mohandas Gandhi led Indian immigrants in a nonviolent fight for rights denied them by white rulers. The power that Gandhi pioneered has been used by underdogs on every continent and in every decade of the 20th century to fight for their rights and freedom. In the 1960s, Gandhi’s nonviolent weapons were taken up by Black college students in Nashville, Tennessee. Disciplined and strictly nonviolent, they successfully desegregated Nashville’s downtown lunch counters in five months, becoming a model for the entire Civil Rights Movement. In India in the 1930s, after Gandhi had returned from South Africa, he and his followers adopted a strategy of refusing to cooperate with British rule. Through civil disobedience and boycotts, they successfully loosened their oppressors’ grip on power and set India on the path to freedom. In 1985, a young South African named Mikhuseli Jack led a movement against the legalized discrimination known as Apartheid. Their campaign of nonviolent mass action, most notably a devastating consumer boycott in the Eastern Cape Province, awakened whites to black grievances and fatally weakened business support for Apartheid. Reviewing a century often called the most violent in history, this documentary tells the story of millions of people who chose to battle the forces of brutality with nonviolent weapons – and won.


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FEBRUARY ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: Budrus
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, February 6, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat.

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: Good Bye, Mubarak!
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, February 13, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
On January 25, 2011, the world was captivated as thousands of protesters flooded Tahrir Square in Cairo, demanding an end to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. But the ground for the protests had been laid in the weeks and months preceding the mass outpouring of opposition. GOODBYE MUBARAK! takes us to Egypt during the fall of 2010, in the run-up to legislative elections. What we discover is a revolution-in-waiting already simmering under the surface of Egyptian society.


film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: Fragments of a Revolution
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, February 20, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
FRAGMENTS OF A REVOLUTION goes beyond the headlines and the tweets to tell the story of the protests that swept Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election. Directed by an anonymous Iranian living in exile, the film brings together clandestinely sent e-mails, online videos and footage shot by protesters in the midst of demonstrations. FRAGMENTS OF A REVOLUTION is not the definitive, objective record of the powerful opposition movement that swept the country. But it is a remarkable and impressionistic inside view of the movement, through the images and words of those it
most closely affected.

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: Soundtrack for a Revolution
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, February 27, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
A fresh and exhilarating take on one of the most important social movements in American history! Soundtrack for a Revolution explores the Civil Rights struggle through the stirring songs that inspired a generation in this deeply moving documentary, legends of the fight for equal rights such as Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King testify to the indispensable role that songs of rebellion and hope played in helping activists fight against the brutality and injustice in riveting studio performances, top contemporary artists including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, The Roots and Joss Stone reinvigorate and reinvent timeless songs like “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the
Water.” Through a combination of historical footage, intimate interviews and heartfelt performances, Soundtrack for a Revolution makes an original, emotionally resonant contribution to the Civil Rights story. This stunning film is a testament to the vitality of music in the lives of those who strive for justice.

MARCH ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places


Speaker: “An Evening with Nadine Bloch: The Arts of Public Protest”

Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, March 5, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
Nadine Bloch is an innovative artist, nonviolent practitioner, political organizer, direct action trainer, and puppetista who combines the principles and strategies of nonviolent civil disobedience with creative use of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest. She has trained activists in nonviolent direct action with the Ruckus Society in Oakland, California, participated in daring environmental protests with Greenpeace, led antiglobalization protests in Seattle in 1999, and engaged in “guerilla theater” at the IMF and World Bank protests in Washington, D.C. Come join us for a stimulating seminar where
you will learn about the potential power of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest.

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: ANPO: Art X War
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, March 12, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
ANPO: Art X War reveals the untold story of resistance to United States military bases in Japan through a collage of paintings, photographs and films by Japan’s most respected artists. These stories and their art depict the struggle against the U.S. military presence, which provoked a national uprising in the 1960 and still festers today. ANPO refers to the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty, which permits the continued presence of numerous U.S. military bases in Japan. In 1960, public resentment against the military presence erupted in massive popular demonstrations that were crushed by Japan’s C.I.A.-backed
Prime Minister Kishi. A wide range of Japanese artists depicted this resistance with a rich archive of art and films, including many large-scale paintings long hidden from public view. Contemporary artists continue to draw on their predecessors’ legacy, depicting problems generated by the bases. Shot in high definition, the film reveals the extraordinary passion behind this buried treasure trove of paintings, photographs, anime, and documentary and narrative films.

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: The Singing Revolution
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, March 26, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1:
Most people do not think about singing when they think of revolutions. But, in Estonia, song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from five decades of rule by the Soviet Union. The Singing Revolution is the name given to the step-by-step process that led to the reestablishment of the Estonian independence in 1991. Hundreds of thousands of people faced down their oppressors armed only with hope, truth, and song, and altered the course of recent history. This was a non-violent revolution that overthrew a very violent occupation. The Singing Revolution is an
uplifting story of the human spirit!

APRIL ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: The Last Mountain
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, April 2, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Director Bill Haney sounds the alarm in this penetrating documentary about the impact of coal mining on the citizens of West Virginia’s Coal River Valley, who are trying to prevent the plundering of one of the last untouched mountains in Appalachia. Aided by environmentalist Bobby Kennedy Jr., the townspeople protest against an energy conglomerate that uses ruinous mountain top removal techniques, despite the dangers to health and the environment.

Speaker: “An Evening with Richard Bell: Nukespeak – The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima”
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, April 9, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
On October 4, 2011, Sierra Club Books published the 30th anniversary edition of Nukespeak: The Selling of Nuclear Technology from the Manhattan Project to Fukushima. First published in 1982 in the wake of the first great nuclear plant accident at Three Mile Island, the original edition, written by Stephen Hilgartner, Richard C. Bell, and Rory O’Connor, examined the turbulent history of the nuclear industry, documenting the extraordinary public relations campaign that developers undertook to sell nuclear technology. This new edition, updated by original authors Richard C. Bell and Rory O’Connor, brings the book fully up-to-date, exploring the critical events of the last three decades—including the disaster at Chernobyl, the campaign to re-brand nuclear energy as a “clean, green” solution to global warming, and the still unfolding disaster at Japan’s Fukushima power plant.

Panel: “The Environmental Movement to Stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Projecta”
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
To celebrate Earth Day (early), please join us for a panel discussion involving climate change activists and scholars to understand the dynamics shaping the growing global movement to solve one of the most daunting challenges of our time – global climate change! The panel will focus on the largest environmental protests in the United States in the 21st century that led to the arrest of over 1,200 citizens who were protesting the proposed Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Project that would ship carbon-intensive oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. On January 19, 2012, President Obama rejected the permit for this 1,700 mile pipeline. What strategies led to this successful effort to stop this project? What are the lessons for the environmental movement in future campaigns to prevent global climate change?

film-4-3-2 Documentary Film: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Beyond the Classroom
SPRING 2012 SERIES ON “PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE”
1102 South Campus Commons, Bldg. 1
Monday, April 23, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 pmMonday, April 23, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1:
On December 7, 2006, federal agents conducted a nation-wide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front – an organization the FBI has called America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” If a Tree Falls is a remarkable story of the Earth Liberation Front’s rise and fall told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated director Marshall Curry (Street Fight, Racing Dreams) weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life imprisonment with the Earth Liberation Front. The result is a film that is equal
parts coming of age tale and cops and robbers thriller. Using never before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews, with cell members and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them, If a Tree Falls asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

MAY ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places


JUNE ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places


JULY ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places


AUGUST ’12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places


SEPTEMBER ‘12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places


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OCTOBER ‘12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace, = Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places



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NOVEMBER ‘12
= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace,
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DECEMBER ‘12

= Principles & Practices of Peace, = Participating in Peace,
= Personal Peace, = Peace-Full Places


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