Skip to main content
History Lecture Series

Speaking Truth to Power: Protest & Dissent

2018 History Lecture Series

All over the world, people have taken to the streets to give voice to their discontent and demand a change. But does it work? Four UW professors examine the power of protest to change minds, politics and the world.

Wednesday evenings, Jan. 10 – 31. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Kane Hall 130 (directions and parking information).

Series Pass (4 lectures)
General Public: $50
UWAA/UWRA member/Veteran: $40
Student: $15

Individual Lectures
General public: $15
UWAA/UWRA member/Veteran: $12
Current UW students: $5


The speakers have provided a short list of suggested background reading designed to enhance your lecture experience. All titles can be ordered through University Book Store, where UWAA members enjoy a 10% discount. Download a printable recommended reading list for all lectures here.


Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Truth and Power: The Origins and Influence of Gandhi’s Ideas of Nonviolence

Anand Yang, Professor of History and International Studies, UW

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) is an iconic historical leader whose life and philosophies continue to resonate with the modern world. Trace the development of Gandhi’s legacy through his life and times in colonial India, as we discover his worldwide impact on the late twentieth century and beyond.


Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Popular Protest in Nazi Germany: Rethinking the Power of Public Opinion in a Police State

Laurie Marhoefer, Assistant Professor of History

The Nazi dictatorship is remembered today as a police state. Yet there were a few instances of successful, large-scale public protest in Nazi Germany. If even a brutal dictatorship is responsive to public protest, what does that tell us about the power of protest itself?


Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

“The People Want to Bring Down the Regime”: A History of Dissent and the Arab Spring

Arbella Bet-Shlimon, ’03, Assistant Professor of History, UW

In 2011, the Middle East erupted in protests against authoritarian regimes. While several were forced out of power, most of these movements for greater freedoms were brought to an end by counterrevolutionary violence. Examine these events, known collectively as the Arab Spring, through the history and many meanings of dissent in the modern Middle East.


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

The Historical Roots of Indigenous Activism in the Era of Standing Rock

Joshua Reid, Associate Professor of History and American Indian Studies, UW

Coverage of the recent activism against the Dakota Access Pipeline framed the conflict as one of American Indians as protectors of the Earth in opposition to economic development. We will widen the view of Indigenous activism — both locally and historically — revealing how activists’ long-term goals have continually sought to maintain and strengthen Native sovereignty in the face of settler colonialism.


UWAA and UWRA members receive discounts and advance registration for lectures.

Not a UWAA member? Join today!

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.