The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading executive education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance.
Civil resistance campaigns for rights, freedom, and justice are capturing the world’s attention as never before. Campaigns to protect democracy in Hong Kong, for women’s rights in India, for indigenous rights in Latin America, for police accountability in the United States, against violence in Mexico, against corruption in Cambodia, against growing autocracy in Ukraine and against dictatorship in Burkina Faso are all examples in the last year of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied.
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When: June 7-12, 2015
Cost: Registration fees for participants are listed below.
Where: The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Scholarships are available for accepted applicants. Information about registration and scholarships is included below. You will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships covering travel and registration on the application form itself (available via the button below).
Why should you apply?
Over the last decade, people have increasingly waged civil resistance for rights, freedom, and justice in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. Movements struggling for democracy, environmental preservation, anti-corruption initiatives, women’s rights, indigenous rights, labor rights, an end to violent conflict, or other causes are actively shaping societies, nations, and international affairs.
Accordingly it is increasingly important for journalists, policy analysts, civil society leaders, activists, scholars, and educators to understand this phenomenon. Civil resistance movements are not studied in most schools or university programs, are under-recognized in most history books and contemporary news media, and there are widespread misconceptions about what they are and how they work. FSI brings together prominent scholars, experienced veterans of previous civil resistance movements, and well-informed journalists and civil society observers of such events to provide in-depth knowledge.
ICNC covers food, accommodation, educational materials, and other expenses. Participant registration fees help offset costs of the institute, and are based on a scale ranging from $500 to $2000, depending on the annual budget of the organization or department with which you are affiliated. Please refer to the following scale to determine your registration fee. The figure on the left represents the organizational or department annual budget. The figure on the right represents the respective registration fee.
Budget Registration fee
*Includes unaffiliated individuals.
The FSI registration fee is the only charge requested. Accommodation, all meals, and learning materials for the entire institute are paid by ICNC. Accommodation is in the dormitories at Tufts University and meals are arranged through Tufts University.
In addition to the FSI registration fee, participants or their sponsoring organizations are expected to cover their own travel expenses to and from Boston, MA. However, if an applicant or sponsoring organization cannot afford to pay these costs, need-based scholarships are available and can be applied for in your FSI application.
Some Topics Covered at FSI:
FSI is dedicated to teaching about how grassroots civil resistance movements form, organize, strategize, mobilize, build coalitions, communicate, select tactics, negotiate, and create change. Diverse movements for diverse causes are discussed, and complex issues such as the role of external actors in supporting or suppressing civil resistance, civil resistance movements and the challenges of democratic transitions, and strategies that movements use to respond to violent repression and armed insurgency are also addressed.