We are pleased to welcome Stellan Vinthagen to Dunedin to run a full day workshop on Nonviolence Theory and Campaigning with members of Dunedin’s progressive activist community. This will be on 23 November 2019 from 9am – 4pm, at the Theosophical Society (old Fitzroy Tavern), 469 Hillside Road. Cost: koha entry, or bring a plate to share (tea and coffee, plus soup and bread for lunch provided). Stellan is a scholar and activist who writes, teaches, and practices nonviolence in his work as a researcher and lecturer, his nonviolence training, and his nonviolent practice as an activist. Stellan is the Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he directs the Resistance Studies Initiative. He has written numerous books on nonviolence, including A Theory of Nonviolent Action: How Civil Resistance Works (2015). Stellan has been active in numerous peace, environmental, and social justice movements since 1980. In 1986 he participated in a ploughshares action where he and three others destroyed a Pershing II launcher at the US nuclear base Mutlangen, in former West Germany. In 2010 he was one of the organisers of a Swedish ship seeking to break the Gaza blockade. Stellan is a leading authority on nonviolent theory and practice. His workshop will look beyond immediate nonviolent tactics such as blockading, to consider the nature of power, the process of social change, and the planning and running of nonviolent campaigns. The workshop will be interactive and bring international examples of success and failure to the planning and implementations of campaigns in Aotearoa New Zealand.