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Peace Studies Lecture Series Presents Chenoweth

St. Lawrence University’s Department of History and the Peace Studies program will host Erica Chenoweth as a guest lecturer at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Eben Holden.

Chenoweth, an associate professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, will discuss her co-authored book with Maria Stephan Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The book argues that between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more effective than violent insurgencies.

According to Chenoweth, nonviolent resistance presents fewer obstacles to moral and physical involvement, information and education, and commitment by participants. The result, she says, leads to enhanced resilience, a greater probability of tactical innovation, increased opportunity for civic disruption and shifts in loyalty among opponents. Moreover, nonviolent resistance movements, as discussed further in the book, tend to usher in more durable and internally peaceful democracies.

Foreign Policy magazine, recognized internationally as an authority on political violence and its alternatives, ranked Chenoweth among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2013 for her efforts to promote the empirical study of civil resistance. She received the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Together with Stephan, they won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. Chenoweth also serves as an associate senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.

Chenoweth’s visit is supported by the Rainer Oppenheim Fund for International Understanding. For more information, call 315-229-5222.