Haider HamzaHaider Hamza: The Violence of War and Dr. King's Philosophy


An Iraqi scholar and journalist, Hamza has made appearances worldwide, challenging people to think more critically of war. Today, Hamza splits his time between the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa and has become strongly committed to raising awareness among young people about the long-term effects of war and the universality of humanity. His talk emphasizes the essential function of peace and reconciliation. As a professional photojournalist and activist, Hamza juxtaposes his pictures and stories from war with the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

Sandy HookFour Fathers, Four Journeys: Sandy Hook — Violence, Loss and A Way Forward


Four Newtown fathers, who each lost a young child at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults on Dec. 14, 2012, will present a moderated discussion of their personal encounter with violence. In this conversation, Mark Barden, Ian Hockley, Jeremy Richman and David Wheeler openly and honestly discuss topics ranging from non-violence, social responsibility and brain illness to dealing with grief, questioning spirituality and making the world a better place. These four fathers offer advice on how to move forward and how to turn an unimaginable loss into a transformational journey, the sharing of which they present in an effort to help others and to advance our collective journey towards a world where the massacre at Sandy Hook could never, ever happen again.

Jack LevinJack Levin: The Violence of Hate

Faculty, Staff and Student Lunch Conversation/Workshop

For more than 25 years, Professor Jack Levin has specialized in the study of violence and hate, especially of the most irrational and despicable kinds. During this period, he has had many opportunities to examine the methods and mentality of brutal killers and other violent criminals-serial killers and rapists, mass murders and vicious hatemongers. He has conducted face-to-face interviews and corresponded by mail and phone with these perpetrators of violence. He has also testified in criminal and civil court cases, consulted with prosecution and defense attorneys, and assisted the police in apprehending violent predators. The net result of his research has taught him a number of significant lessons that help advance the beliefs that Martin King espoused about violence. Professor Levin will share his discoveries regarding the violence of hate during his workshop.

Nyle FortConversation with Nyle Fort

Student Lunch Conversation

In this student-led session, students will have the opportunity to discuss with Nyle Fort, activist and theologian, the central issues involving the violence of hate, including the practices of protest and non-violence, the foundational issues and histories of racism and the ways that the Movement for Black Lives intersects with Dr. King’s philosophies.

After the Wednesday event featuring Rev. Jim Lawson had to be cancelled due to weather-related travel delays, Rev. Lawson will now appear on Thursday, Jan. 21 with Nyle Fort, who was previously scheduled to speak.

At 7 p.m., in the Elaine Langone Center Forum, Civil Rights legend, Rev. Jim Lawson, will converse with the Bucknell community about his life's work and his experiences with Dr. King and non-violence. Following Rev. Lawson's conversation, Nyle Fort, Movement for Black Lives activist, will speak briefly about the connections he finds between contemporary protest movements, current events, and the Civil Rights strategies of the 1960s.

Following Fort's discussion, he and Rev. Lawson will engage in a cross-generational conversation. This evening promises to be a very special and rare opportunity to engage with questions and issues that were a primary focus of Dr. King.

Jim Lawson Rescheduled for Jan. 21: An Evening with Jim Lawson, The “Architect of Non-Violence in America”


Martin Luther King Jr. once called his friend and colleague Rev. James Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” While in college, Lawson joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), which first exposed him to the nonviolent teachings of Gandhi and Howard Thurman. He taught growing numbers of black and white students how to organize sit-ins and other forms of nonviolent action to confront the immorality of segregation. His workshops led to the Nashville sit-in movement and desegregation campaign. John Lewis calls him “the architect of the nonviolent movement in America.”

James Lawson helped coordinate the Freedom Rides in 1961 and the Meredith March in 1966, founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of nonviolent education for SCLC. While working as a pastor at the Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis, he played a major role in the sanitation workers strike of 1968. He has worked extensively with Janitors for Justice and other unions in Los Angeles and continues to teach and offer workshops in active nonviolence. He will share his experiences in his evening lecture.

To learn more about Lawson's rich history and engagement with the non-violent movement, please see the documentary A Force More Powerful.

Nyle Fort: Ferguson, Racism, Violence, and the Necessity of Non-Violence


Nyle Fort is a Ph.D. student in the Religion and African-American Studies program at Princeton University. His interests lie at the intersection of religion and African-American studies. Fort received a B.S. in English from Morehouse College and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Fort is a Movement for Black Lives activist and was a central figure in the Ferguson protests of Michael Brown’s death. In this discussion, Fort shares his experiences with the Movement for Black Lives in terms of Dr. King’s message of the power and necessity of non-violence and love.

Jennifer PoznerJennifer L. Pozner: Media Literacy in the Classroom

Faculty Lunch Conversation and Workshop
Teaching & Learning Center Friday Learning Series Program

Are you looking for a dynamic way to engage your students in challenging conversations about gender, race, class, sexuality, violence, police and state abuse, corporate or governmental power, and more? In this introductory multimedia workshop, Jennifer L. Pozner, founding director of Women In Media & News - with a little help from friends at the New York Times, The Daily Show, and Twitter - will give faculty and staff easy and compelling ways to build media literacy into interdisciplinary curricula. Through discussion and interactive activities, Pozner offers a framework you can use to help students become active, engaged media consumers, and more effective critical thinkers.

How Media Instigate Gun Violence and Rape Culture — A Presentation by Jennifer L. Pozner

Sponsored by the Department of Women & Gender Studies

Through a provocative multimedia presentation that engages pedagogy and strategies for student learning, Pozner will discuss factors that shape high profile gun violence and sexual assault crimes, our reactions to them and the necessary efforts to prevent them.

Steubenville. UC Santa Barbara. Charleston. With high-profile gun violence and sexual assault incidents happening every year, there’s a crucial need to talk about the factors that shape such crimes, our reactions to them, and how we can start to prevent them. Are journalists complicit in the mass shootings they report? Do our favorite movies, TV shows, and music videos confuse us about consent vs. rape, increasing the risk of sexual assault on campus? Does victim blaming in coverage of violence against women, people of color and transgender people actually instigate such crimes? In this provocative multimedia presentation, media critic Jennifer L. Pozner analyzes how representations of gendered violence in news media, pop culture and advertising make all Americans less safe. With deep research, eye-opening images and a touch of gallows humor, Pozner (founder of Women In Media & News and author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV) gives faculty, students and staff the media literacy tools they need to understand and challenge coverage of school shootings, sexual assault, street harassment and more — and highlights inspiring ways activists, media-makers and students can work to change both the media and the culture of violence it instigates. Jennifer L. Pozner founded Women In Media & News in 2001 to increase women's presence and power in the public debate through media analysis, education, advocacy and reform. Pozner has appeared as a commentator on ABC News Now's Top Priority and Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, among others. Pozner’s conversation and workshop explores representational gender and sexuality-based violence in light of Dr. King’s legacy.