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Why nonviolent struggle?

From the Civil Rights Movement in the United States to the people power revolution of the Philippines to the Jasmine revolutions in North Africa, nonviolent civic action has mobilized citizens wanting to change their society. What can we learn from these experiences? How can the lessons be applied to Vietnam?
Speakers: Daryn Cambridge, Cecilia Lero
Moderator: Bùi Duyên

Daryn Cambridge
Daryn Cambridge is a peace and nonviolence educator and trainer. He is an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC where he teaches two courses: Peace Pedagogy and Education for International Development. Daryn has worked for several social justice and non-formal, experiential education organizations, facilitating trainings and workshops for learners of all ages and from all across the world. He has done consulting work for organizations such as One World Education, One World Youth Project, LearnServe International, and the Uni- ted States Association for the University for Peace. He served for three years as Assistant Director of the Democracy Matters Institute and then Director of Youth Programs at Common Cause, designing and facilitating trainings for youth and young adults on how to do grassroots organizing around pro-democracy issues. He has also been a Program Supervisor and Instructor with the Close Up Foun- dation – America’s largest civic education and engagement non-profit – where he taught civic engagement workshops for young people from all across the United States, the Middle East, North Africa, and Eurasia. He has also been a teacher for Putney Student Travel’s Excel Program at Amherst College and a consultant for Project Agape, the internet company that designed the Causes application on Facebook.

Cecilia Lero
Cecilia Lero has been an activist for social justice and democracy since 2004. After receiving her B.A. in Politics magna cum laude from New York University, Cecilia went on to work with the social movements and political reform teams at the Institu te for Popular Democracy (IPD) in Quezon City, Philippines. As a “scholar-activist” at IPD, Cecilia conducted research related to electoral system and political party reforms and lobbied for changes in legislation and implementation in conjunction with other civil society groups and reform-oriented government officials. Cecilia returned to the United States in 2008 to work with the Women’s Political Participation Team at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington, DC where she was responsible for ensuring the effective integration of gender concerns in democracy promotion programs across Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. In 2010 Cecilia returned to the Philippines to join the presidential campaign team of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, III. Cecilia is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame where she intends to specialize in the role of courts in transitions to democracy and state-building.

Bùi Duyên
Duyen Bui graduated from Georgetown University in 2010, majoring in International Politics with a certificate in Asian Studies. She begins her PhD in Political Science this fall as an East West Center Graduate fellow at the University of Hawaii. Committed to social justice and diversity awareness, Duyen spent her four years at Georgetown in student groups bridging communities and learning to be an ally for others. This past year, she was involved in a global education non-profit called One World Youth Project as a fellow to the School Partnership and Training Director. During her fellowship, she was involved with university and secondary school recruitment as well as an online training course focused on cultural exchange, education, and service learning.