Egypt: Lessons for Nonviolent Social Change from the Social Network Revolution (CONF 695/385)
The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
3 Credits March 9th-March 18th, 2012 Price: $4,500 (w/flight)
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Description: This course will address the lessons learned from the unique and unprecedented nature of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. These lessons entail an updated look at the power and importance of social networks and social media in the contemporary revolution, the crucial role of nonviolent resistance in its unique Middle Eastern expression, the central role of committed cores of activists, especially across class and religious and gender lines, in addition to what appear to be ‘leaderless’ movements. We will address the history of social and political change in modern Egypt, the history of nonviolent resistance, theories of nonviolent resistance and conflict resolution for Islamic socieities, the effect of outside actors and geopolitics on the course and direction of these movements, the state of interfaith relations in Egypt as it affects the course and direction of the revolution, the evolution of nonviolence and democratization in Islamist circles, and the ultimate question of where the revolution is going in terms of democracy and human rights.
The course will include lectures by Dr. Gopin, touring in Egypt with commentary and analysis by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah, interviews with a variety of actors in the revolution, and extensive formal and informal discussions.
This course will also involve the experience of people to people conflict resolution practice, including extensive engagement with Egyptian activists and average citizens.
NOTE: This class is for Ph.D. students, M.S. students, and undergraduate students. The Course fee covers 3 credits, airfare to Cairo and back, hotel fees for 8 nights, 2 meals per day, and other fees associated with the trip.