Building Peace in West Africa

In July and August 2021, Fr. Barwende Sané trained 130 community leaders, politicians and environmental activists in nonviolence, conflict resolution and peacemaking in Burkina Faso, his native country. Barwende discussed his experiences conducting these trainings, and his encounters with participants, in the context of the political and social crises facing individuals, families and communities in Burkina Faso today.

Co-sponsored by the Politics Department, International Studies Department, and University Ministry.

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Attica Documentary Discussion

In the fall of 1971, at the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility in New York, over 1,200 inmates seized the yard and took more than three dozen guards and civilian employees hostage. At the 50th anniversary of the uprising and massacre, master filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Showtime bring us the new feature documentary Attica revisiting the largest and deadliest prison rebellion in U.S. history.

This documentary discussion featured Stanley Nelson and USF Politics Professor James Taylor in a dialogue about Attica the film, the uprising, and the lessons we must address today. This discussion was moderated Jacqueline Ramos, Community-Engaged Learning Program Manager and Community Empowerment Activists Instructor.

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Together we will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by looking back at his friendship with Dr. Clarence Jones, and by looking forward, facing Dr. King's most urgent question: where do we go from here?


  • Father Paul J. Fitzgerald, President, University of San Francisco
  • Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Founding Director Emeritus, USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, and former lawyer, strategic advisor, and draft speechwriter to Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Nona Jones, Founder, Faith and Prejudice, Pastor, and Head of Faith Based Partnerships at Facebook

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Let Freedom Ring: Ambassador Andrew J. Young in Conversation with Dr. Clarence B. Jones

The USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice present Ambassador Andrew J. Young in conversation with Dr. Clarence B. Jones.

At the event, Jonathan D. Greenberg, Director of the USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, will present to Andrew J. Young the institute’s inaugural Clarence B. Jones Award for Kingian Nonviolence in recognition for Ambassador Young’s lifelong dedicated service to humanity through the disciplined, heroic practice of nonviolence alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in furtherance of the Beloved Community Dr. King envisioned. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, USF Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. 

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Black Lives Matter in Africa and the Caribbean: The Power of Community-based Jesuit Nonviolence Education in Conflict Regions

USF Jesuit graduate fellows will share with us stories and lessons from their depth of experience engaging local communities in nonviolence training, grassroots peacemaking activities, and restorative justice processes in regions threatened by ongoing political and communal violence.


  • Germain Clerveau, S.J. (Haiti)
  • Patric Razafimahafaly, S.J. (Madagascar)
  • Barwendé Médard Sané, S.J. (Burkina Faso)

Moderated by Dr. Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Dean, School of Education

Co-sponsored by School of Education, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition, African Studies, Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center, Department of International Studies, and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Fall 2020 Webinar Series

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice is hosting a webinar/podcast series. These discussions feature activists in the Black Lives Matter and voting rights movements, veteran activists and historians of the Black Freedom Movement of the 1960s, nonviolence practitioners and scholars, Black community leaders, and constitutional rights defenders addressing the moral and political emergencies we face in America today.

Mobilizing Nonviolence for Social Change: Citizen Engagement in a Time of Crisis

September 17: Constitution Day, Speaking Truth to Power: Election 2020
Guest speaker: David Goodman, President of the Andrew Goodman Foundation
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September 24: Organizing to Empower Marginalized Black Communities
Guest speakers: Latosha Brown and Cliff Albright, co-founders, Black Voters Matter Fund
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October 1: Healing Resistance
Guest speaker: Kazu Haga, founder, East Point Peace Academy, Oakland, California
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October 8: Defending Immigrants and Refugees
Guest speakers: Bill Ong Hing and Jacqueline Brown Scott, USF Law professors
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October 15: Nonviolent Revolution in Sudan
Guest speaker: Stephen Zunes, professor, USF Department of Politics
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October 22: Militant Nonviolence and the Struggle for Racial Justice in America: From the Black Freedom Movement to Black Lives Matter
Guest speakers: Dr. Bernard Lafayette, civil rights movement leader, racial justice activist, and nonviolence trainer educator, and Taylor Branch, preeminent U.S. civil rights era historian, in dialogue with Dr. Candice Harrison, USF professor of American history and founding director of the Black Achievement Success and Engagement (BASE) Program, and USF student activists
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October 29: Democracy, Racial Justice, and the 2020 Election
Guest speakers: Lateefah Simon, president, Akonadi Foundation, and president, BART Board of Directors, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, director, USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, former lawyer, strategic advisor, and draft speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in dialogue with Jonathan D. Greenberg, senior associate director, USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice.
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After the Election: Where do we go from here?

November 5: Grande Lum, provost, Menlo College, and Margaret Russell, professor, University of Santa Clara Law School
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November 12: David Cole, national legal director, American Civil Liberties Union
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December 3: Pamela S. Karlan, professor, Stanford Law School
This webinar is currently postponed.

Dr. Clarence B. Jones’ Farewell Celebration

After eight years at the University of San Francisco, Dr. Clarence B. Jones retired as the director of the Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice. In this virtual celebration, the university community thanked Dr. Jones for his many contributions.

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