Dato: 22.04.2016 - 22.04.2016
Political activist, Leader of CANVAS and Fellow,
Harvard Kennedy School
Srdja Popovic was leader of the student movement Otpor!, which contributed to the fall of the Serbian dictator, Slobodan Milosevic. At the invitation of Studentersamfunnet, he will hold a lecture on how one initiates a peaceful revolution.
As founder of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), Popovic has sought to educate activists from over 50 countries on nonviolent strategies when advocating against repressive regimes. He has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, played bass in a goth/rock band, served as a representative in the Serbian national assembly, and he has been an environmental advisor to the president of Serbia.
Nowadays, his main focus remains on promoting methods of how to topple violent oppressors with peaceful means. In 2011, The Foreign Policy Magazine named Popovic as one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers. His lecture will explore how the people can reclaim authority from the state.
Studentersamfunnet holds annual ‘Grung-lectures’ focused on different aspects of conflict resolution and international relations. Geir Grung was a Norwegian ambassador in Italy and has been both a contributor and a great source of inspiration to Studentersamfunnet.