The Intersection of Negotiation and Nonviolent Action: A Conversation with Dr. Gene Sharp and Dr. William Ury

Event Date: Tuesday October 25, 2005
Time: 5:00 P.M.
Location: Austin East, Harvard Law School

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Please join the Program on Negotiation for an informal dialogue on negotiation and nonviolent action with Dr. Gene Sharp and Dr. William Ury moderated by PON Managing Director Susan Hackley. During this conversation, we seek to highlight the strengths and challenges of both approaches to conflict as well as the contradictions and connections between them. The forum will begin with introductory remarks by these prominent scholars and then will be opened to broader discussion with the audience. A light reception will follow the seminar at 6:30pm.

Gene Sharp is Senior Scholar at the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1965, he has held research appointments in Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs. He is also Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Sharp founded the Albert Einstein Institution in 1983 to promote research, policy studies, and education on the strategic issues of nonviolent struggle in the face of dictatorships, war, genocide, and oppression. Dr. Sharp is the author of various books and other publications on nonviolent struggle and power, most notably From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation, and most recently, Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential. His writings have been widely published in 32 languages.

William Ury, a social anthropologist, co-founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School where he currently directs the Global Negotiation Project. He is co-author (with Roger Fisher) of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In and author of Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People and Getting To Peace (released in paperback under the title The Third Side.) Over the past 25 years, Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in a wide range of conflicts, including corporate mergers, wildcat strikes in a Kentucky coal mine, and ethnic wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. With former president Jimmy Carter, he co-founded the International Negotiation Network, a non-governmental body seeking to end civil wars around the world. Most recently, Ury has served as a third party in helping to end a civil war in Aceh, Indonesia.


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