Talk and book signing by scholar Professor Douglas Allen.
The event is free and open to the public.
Time and location-see flier.
Professor Allen had Smithsonian and Fulbright grants in India, and teaches courses in Marxism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. His courses deal with sexism, racism, and peace and justice issues. He has authored four books in the phenomenology of religion and others on the Indochina/Vietnam War and on religious-political conflict.He is involved in the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine helped form a group in 1074, which became the Maine Peace Action Committee (MPAC)
Piascik: Can you talk about engaging in civil disobedience and serving a one-day prison sentence in 2006?
Allen: On September 21, 2006, International Day of Peace, eleven of us were arrested at former Senator Olympia Snowe’s office to dramatize how Snowe and Senator Susan Collins supported the US war in Iraq. As part of a carefully prepared and very effective campaign in the Gandhi-King tradition, our affinity group refused to leave Snowe’s office, were arrested, and later imprisoned for a little over 24 hours.
One should not overemphasize civil disobedience, one of many forms of resistance to injustice, in which one disobeys the law. I believe in forceful, disciplined, nonviolent resistance, most of which involves noncooperation, withholding one’s labor and resisting complicity, raising consciousness and organizing, boycotts, and demonstrations. However, sometimes when there are no viable alternatives, it’s necessary to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to resist blatant injustice.