Political Science professor Cynthia Boaz explores what makes the Iranian's women's movement a landmark event in the evolution of nonviolent struggles on Tues., Dec. 1 from noon - 1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011 on the Sonoma State University campus. The talk is part of the School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series.
"Conventional wisdom suggests that structural indicators such as economic stability, religious or ethnic homogeneity and the regime's repressiveness are the best predictors of a nonviolent movement's ability to succeed. The Iranian women's movement appears to be an example of where skills and strategy overcome structure," says Boaz.
"Although they are operating in conditions of extreme repression and a very limited amount of political space, their victories are instructive for academics, journalists, and activists interested in the dynamics of civil resistance."
Boaz's areas of expertise include nonviolent struggles and civil resistance and her current areas of research include pro-democracy movements in Iran and Burma.