Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Conference on ‘Nonviolence in Theory and Practice’

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Conference on ‘Nonviolence in Theory and Practice’

1/24/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence will hold its Fourth Annual John D. Stratton Conference on Feb. 24 and topic of this year’s ACN conference is “Nonviolence in Theory and Practice.”

The 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. conference will be held in the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus and registration for the event is open through Feb 19. The cost is $65 for general admission, $55 for ACN members and $30 for students and registrations can be made online at:  or by calling 419.289.5313.

“Nonviolence includes a wide variety of philosophies, theologies, practices and strategies. It commands different levels of commitment from adherents, whether tied to absolute and unconditional core beliefs or tactical and ad hoc methods for achieving social and political change,” said Dr. Craig Hovey, executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. “The goal of this one-day conference is to address these different approaches to Nonviolence by displaying and analyzing many of the ways that people, communities, and traditions think about and embrace nonviolence.”

This year’s ACN conference will feature presentations from a variety of experts, including:

·         “Pathways to Pacifism and Anti-war Activism among U.S. Veterans” - Julie Hart (Ohio Dominican University)

·         “Intrafaith Resistance” - Jeanine Diller (University of Toledo)

·         “Sensitizing Young Men to Issues of Rape” - Paul Robinson (Retired- North Central State College)

·         “Leveraging privilege in solidarity with those who have none: does it dismantle or reinforce the system of inequality?” - Sara Koopman (Kent State University)

·         “Buddhist Treatments and Justifications for Violence” - Michael Jerryson (Youngstown State University)

·         “Nonviolence Towards Our Thoughts: Applying Non-cooperation and Civil Disobedience in the Domain of Thought” - Bishal Karna (The Ohio State University)

·         Workshop: “Peacemaking Takeaways: Workshop with Video” - Steve McGuire (Muskingum University)

·         “Jainism, Buddhism, Film, and Violence: An Imperfect Intersection” - Ivory Lyons (University of Mount Union)

·         Panel: “Teaching Non-Violence through Asian History: An Evaluation of the North Korean Threat” - Merose Hwang, Jory Gomes, Kimberly Morrison, and Seiji Bessho (Hiram College)

·         Panel: “Constructive Resilience as a Non-Violent Response to Oppression: Toward an Expanding Program of Research” - Michael Karlberg (Western Washington University), Holly Hanson (Mount Holyoke College) and Michael Penn (Franklin & Marshall College)

·         “Mysticism, Pragmatism and Nonviolence” - Charles Kammer (College of Wooster)

·         “Walter Rauschenbusch and Realist Nonviolence: Centennial Reflections” - David Cramer (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary)

·         “The Limits of Nonaggression: Libertarians and Electoral Politics in Ohio” - Robert Williams (Ashland University)

·         “Can theory corrupt practice? Reflections on Wisdom, Narrative and Non-Violence” - Mark Ryan (University of Dayton)

·         “The Psychology of Reconciliation: Internal Conflicts and Conflict Resolution” - Russell Johnson (University of Chicago)

·         Panel: “Looking to the Past for a Secure Future: Partnership Societies and Peace” - Sophia Ender (University at Albany), Marissa Ender, Regina Ender, Donna Weintraub and Benjamin Kobrinsky

·         “Visual storytelling as non-violent strategy in liberating Roma” - Maria Subert (CUNY Hostos Community College)

·         “The Valuation of Cooperation and Caring in the Labor Market: Implications for the Larger Society “ - Lisa Fisher (LongView)

·         “Wielding Power: How the Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh Used Nonviolent Action to Protect their Land from an Open Coal Mine” - Elizabeth Schmidt (Kent State University)

·         “The Role of Third Parties in the Logic of Nonviolence” - Brian Denny (University of California, Irvine)

·         “Post-modern community and conceptual violence” - William Vaughn (Ashland University)

·         “Active Nonviolence and Restorative Justice in the Life and Teachings of St. Paul” - David Aune (Ashland University)

·         “Thinking Peace Into Existence: How to Read and Write Like Woolf in the Age of Trump” - Paula Maggio (University of Mount Union)

·         “Discourse of Protest in the time of Trump: From Communist (to Terrorist) to Rioter” - Michael Loadenthal (Miami University)

·         “Emotional Abuse and the End of Human Time” - Charles Blatz (University of Toledo)

·         “Love as the Moral Foundation of Nonviolence” - Shawn Graves (University of Findlay)

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###