Assistant Professor of Political Science Cynthia Boaz will speak to the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County at noon on Fri., Oct. 23, in a lecture entitled "The Saffron Revolution" lecture at Quail Inn, 7035 Oakmont Dr. in Santa Rosa. Her lecture is about the Burmese monks who refused to give Buddha's blessings to the junta's generals. The Saffron Revolution is named after the robe color of the monks who overturned their alms bowls (in an historical act of defiance) and refused to receive alms. In other words, they rejected the moral authority of the generals and have taken the side of the Burmese people in the struggle for democracy.
Boaz has been working with the movement for two years and will explain the current situation in Burma/Myanmar. Her research focus is the significance of nonviolent skills to the success of the pro-democracy movement in Burma, and also given recent events in Iran. She has also recently completed a book chapter on the women's movement in Iran and a draft educational guide for PBS for a documentary on Ukraine's Orange Revolution.
Boaz is Assistant Professor of Political Science at SSU. Her Ph.D. in comparative politics is from U.C. Davis. Her expertise is civil resistance, nonviolent struggles and political development. She is an affiliated scholar at UNESCO's Program in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies in Castellon, Spain, an Academic Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington DC, a board member of Metta Center for Nonviolence Education in Berkeley, CA, and editor for Peace and Change Journal.
She contributes regularly to The Huffington Post and Truthout and has two book manuscripts in progress, one on nonviolent women's right movements and one on the role of leadership in the era of global citizenship.