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SB399B ||| Tuesdays 6-10 pm


"If there is no struggle there is no progress."
--Frederick Douglass

Welcome to SB399B, a survey of 20th- and 21st-century protest movements, from nonviolent political demonstrations to armed revolutions, taught from a narrative journalist's perspective.

The course is taught by Chris A. Smith, an award-winning magazine journalist and photographer who's covered human rights and war in the Middle East, poverty and protest in southern Africa, and local and national politics at home.

Key questions:
--What gives rise to protest movements? Why do they come about when they do?
--What methods do they use, and how does the opposition respond?
--Why do some groups succeed while others fail? What, exactly, does "success" mean?

Class website: https://sites.google.com/site/protestmovements

Links to all readings are on this website's syllabus.

Questions? chrsmith [at] aii.edu


(Photo by Chris A. Smith: Detail of a revolutionary mural in Maputo, Mozambique depicting the country's first post-independence leader, Samora Machel.)