Teachers Professional Development Institute

Nonviolent Movements in the Modern World is an 10-week Institute to explore the history of major nonviolent movements that overcame injustice and resolved long-standing conflicts. Each week a different local scholar leads the participants, teachers and administrators in grades 5-12, to learn about the significance of nonviolent social/political movements in the modern world and how to apply this knowledge in their classrooms/schools. Participants have previously received continuing education credits, stipends, and teaching materials.

Topics include:

  • Gandhian Indian Independence Movement in the 1930s and ‘40s
  • Danish resistance to Nazi occupation in World War II
  • U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s
  • South African campaign ending apartheid
  • student democracy movement in China in 1989
  • “Arab Spring” in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011
  • Burmese democratic movement of Aung San Suu Kyi
  • rich history of nonviolence advocates in New England and Worcester, Massachusetts

Twice previously the Institute was sponsored by Mass Humanities and provided in collaboration with Clark University.
Currently seeking new sponsorship.