++++Friday – 16February2007 ++++


Event: Symposium to Promote Peace and Conflict Studies at Oberlin College

Category Meetings/Gatherings

Date:  Friday, February 16, 2007, 12:01

Locations: King 239 and Hallock Auditorium, Lewis Environmental Studies Center

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Peace and Conflict Studies Development Group

Additional Sponsors:  Politics and Psychology Departments


Summary: Colman McCarthy will be guest lecturer at a selected number of classes during the day, Hardy Merriman will demonstrate a computer game of nonviolent conflict, and there will be a showing of two films in the evening..


12:00 – 1:00 In King Building, Room 239


Hardy Merriman, OC 2001, will demonstrate a computer simulation game of nonviolent struggle.  A Force More Powerful is the first and only game to teach the waging of conflict using nonviolent methods. Destined for use by activists and leaders of nonviolent resistance and opposition movements, the game will also educate the media and general public on the potential of nonviolent action and serve as a simulation tool for academic studies of nonviolent resistance. Newsweek reported, “The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict invested $3 million and allied with commercial game developer Breakaway, Ltd to create “A Force More Powerful,”, a strategy game that is intended to teach budding activists how to use non-violent methods to influence government policies”
Hardy Merriman is the director of programs and research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He has worked in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict since 2002. Prior to coming to ICNC, Hardy worked for three years with Dr. Gene Sharp at the Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) in  Boston 


7:15 – 9:00 Hallock Auditorium, Lewis Environmental Studies Center


Desserts will be served, and then two videos will be presented,   One is a short video,  “New Shoots for Peace” by Colman McCarthy (30 minutes), which portrays images of war and peace with music by Joan Baez and other folk singers.


Hardy Merriman will introduce the second video,. “Bringing Down A Dictator” a documentary by Steve York about the involvement of students in the nonviolent overthrow of the Serbian dictator, Slobodan Milosevic that is narrated by Martin Sheen. (56 minutes)

In the year 2000, in a war barely noticed outside Yugoslavia, the indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic fought to hold power. He controlled a battle-hardened army, a tough police force, and most of the news media. But he underestimated his opponents, led by a student movement called Otpor! (Serbian for "resistance"), who attacked the regime with ridicule, rock music, and a willingness to be arrested. Their courage and audacity inspired others to overcome their fear and join the fight.