14th International Summer Institute 2015

Summer Institute 2015 group
Summer Institute 2015

Over 50 participants from 15 countries and 14 states in the US convened for two weeks at URI’s Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies to study nonviolence according to the philosophies and methods of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to earn certification. Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Center director and professor of Psychology, opened the Center’s signature event with a warm welcome, joined by Naomi Thompson, Associate Vice President of Community, Equity and Diversity, Dr. Winnie Brownell, Dean College of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Nasser Zawia, Dean of the Graduate School. Many in attendance are from war-torn countries, such as Afghanistan, Tibet, Pakistan, and Nigeria. They not only learned about Dr. King’s nonviolent practices, but gained insight from each other about how to apply this information to their home communities. Many are planning to return next year to take the advanced training with civil rights leader, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, who focus on leadership, organizing, and mobilizing. The responses were overwhelmingly positive as participants considered this group of newfound friends a true “Beloved Community.”