Dr. Patrick G. Coy, director of Kent State University’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies, will discuss “The Right to Dissent,” a freedom protected by the Constitution, at 10 a.m. in Duda Hall.
A Kent State professor since 1996, Coy is renowned for his scholarship in the field of peace activism.
He is the long-time editor of the peer-reviewed academic research series Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, and he leads workshops in various aspects of conflict resolution, mediation and nonviolent action to community, educational and international groups.
Coy has worked as a community mediator and as a human rights observer and nonviolent accompanier in Sri Lanka during the ethnic conflict in that nation. He also has co-led or been a member of peacemaking missions and delegations to Libya, Iraq and the Soviet Union during international crises.
Coy is a former national chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a research fellow of the Albert Einstein Institution, executive director of the Lentz Peace Research Laboratory, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana.
Last month, the Peace, War and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) presented Coy with the Robin M. Williams Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching and Service in the areas of peace, war and social conflict.
“Dr. Coy’s message of nonviolent direct action is reminiscent of Gandhi’s and King's teachings,” said Dr. Melanie Blumberg, a political science professor in the Department of History, Politics and Society, as well as the campus director of the American Democracy Project.
“His campus visit could not be more timely.”
Monday, September 18, 2017
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