Satyagraha: Nonviolence in the Gandhi-King Tradition

Multi-disciplinary conference will be held February 25-26, 2022

Ashland University
Ashland, Ohio

The practice of nonviolence is more relevant than ever as we navigate a world of changing social, political, and technological landscapes. Satyagraha, holding firmly to the truth, is a particular form of nonviolent action. The process of seeking peace in the Gandhi-King tradition invites creative academic and practical work across a wide spectrum of disciplines. How is truth connected to nonviolence and where does nonviolence work? Are lies considered acts of violence and do they play out as subversions of the truth? Does speaking truth to historical events promote justice? How does the knowledge of good vs evil contribute to nonviolent movements? 

The conference will open Friday, February 25, at 7pm with a keynote address provided by Dr. David Ragland. Dr. Ragland is one of the co-founders and co-executive director of the Truth Telling Project and the director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign. David is a writer, scholar and activist. David recently published a series on reparations in Yes Magazine. He currently teaches in Depth Psychology, Eco-Psychology and Community Liberation at Pacifica Graduate Institute. David co-founded the Truth Telling Project so that marginalized voices could be heard and move society to lay a groundwork for healing, reconciliation and social transformation. Georgetown University’s Advocacy lab included Dr. Ragland’s research as part of the “most important research on advocacy” in the last forty years. David was recently inducted into Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College.  In the past, David served as the Senior Bayard Rustin Fellow at Fellowship of Reconciliation, board member for the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the United Nations representative for the International Peace Research Association. 


The multidisciplinary conference will continue on Saturday, February 26 at 8:30am with the following presenters:

  • David Aune (Ashland University): Full- Spectrum Peacemaking as an Integrative Approach for Nonviolent Action

  • Kelly Coble (Baldwin Wallace University): King’s Beloved Community in the Age of Climate Change: Cosmopolitan Justice and Rights of Nature

  • Michelle Collins-Sibley (University of Mount Union): Through a Glass Darkly: Imagining Slavery Through a Black Gaze

  • Jeanine Diller (University of Toledo): Drawing Our way to Truth About the Roots of Violence to Identify Sites for Nonviolent Action

  • Marlena Graves (Bowling Green State University): Mississippi’s Closed Society Born Again

  • Shawn Graves (University of Findlay): A Universal Love Ethic: The Nature of Love

  • Wim Laven (Cuyahoga Community College): The Role of Personal Narrative in Healing a Divided America

  • Michael Penn (Franklin and Marshall College): The Development and Refinement of the Human Spirit: A Baha’i Inspired Perspective on the Path to Peace

  • Paul Robinson (North Central State College): Satyagraha: Its Application to Climate Change

  • Thomas Snyder (Ashland Theological Seminary): O Peace, Bless this Mad Place: Satyagraha: Nonviolence in the Gandhi-King Tradition thought the Lens of Thomas Merton

  • Jamie Szittai White (Ashland University): Facing Arrest: Implications of Nonviolent Resistance in the Historical Brethren Church


$20 Student, $40 ACN Member, $50 Non-Member

For more information on the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please visit ACN's website. For questions related to the conference, please contact Elizabeth Buttil at [email protected] or (419)289-5313.

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