Remembering Scholar Gene Sharp’s Nonviolent Action Legacy

Gene Sharp poses at his office in Boston Thursday, June 25, 2009 with a photo of Gandhi at rear.
Gene Sharp poses at his office in Boston Thursday, June 25, 2009 with a photo of Gandhi at rear. AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Gene Sharp poses at his office in Boston Thursday, June 25, 2009 with a photo of Gandhi at rear.
Gene Sharp poses at his office in Boston Thursday, June 25, 2009 with a photo of Gandhi at rear. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Remembering Scholar Gene Sharp’s Nonviolent Action Legacy

Gene Sharp is recognized by scholars and activists worldwide as the greatest theoretician of nonviolent action since Mohandas Gandhi.

Sharp, who passed away Jan. 28, founded the field of academic research on the theory and strategic practice of nonviolent action. A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the winner of the 2012 Right Livelihood Award, Sharp devoted his life to studying nonviolent struggle, deeply researching and documenting its use in human history, and analyzing how the technique operates cross-culturally. 

He shared the results of his research with other scholars, government institutions, and civil-society groups on every continent. His numerous books and articles on the subject have been translated into more than 50 languages.

We’ll discuss Sharp’s legacy with Jamila Raqib, the executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution, and Fabricio Balcazar, a professor of human development at the University of Chicago.

GUESTS:

Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution

Fabricio Balcazar, a professor of human development at the University of Chicago