Summit on Nonviolence and Nonviolent Resistance Today 


Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:00am to 4:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

The Summit on Nonviolence and Nonviolent Resistance Today will serve as an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration across fields, with the goal to strategize and develop new, innovative approaches to research and practice on nonviolent resistance.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to past and current Topol Fellows present and discuss their works.

This Summit, convened by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, is made possible by the support of Sidney Topol and the Topol Family Foundation.  

*We will provide additional information on the panels soon. 

Summit Chair: 

  •  Dr. Erica Chenoweth | Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs; Director, Nonviolent Action Lab

Erica Chenoweth is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her research focuses on political violence and its alternatives. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. She also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Her next book, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2020), explores in an accessible and conversational style what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance. Professor Chenoweth’s other books include Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence (Oxford, forthcoming 2019), with Deborah Avant, Marie Berry, Rachel Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, and Timothy Sisk; The Oxford Handbook of Terrorism (Oxford, 2019) with Richard English, Andreas Gofas, and Stathis N. Kalyvas; The Politics of Terror (Oxford, 2018) with Pauline Moore; Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Maria J. Stephan; Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (MIT, 2010) with Adria Lawrence; and Political Violence (Sage, 2013). Her book (with Maria J. Stephan) Why Civil Resistance Works won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, the American Political Science Association's best book award.

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.