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Past Event

Nonviolence: The Fierce Urgency of Now

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. implored us to fight racism, poverty and militarism with disciplined nonviolence and radical love. “The choice today is no longer between violence and nonviolence,” he said. “It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” 

Tragically, more than a half century after Dr. King’s assassination, we face a resurgence of racist hatred, ubiquitous gun violence, extreme inequality, pervasive homelessness and threats to the human species from global warming and nuclear weapons. How can we rediscover the power of nonviolence to effectively address these grave problems and urgent threats? What role do colleges and universities play to further Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence? Join the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald and Clarence Jones in a dialogue on nonviolence, social justice, moral vision and higher education today. 

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

Jones photo courtesy of the University of San Francisco and Michael Collopy

February 5, 2020

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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The Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

President, the University of San Francisco

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Clarence B. Jones

Director, the USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice; Former Lawyer, Strategic Adviser and Draft Speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr.

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Jonathan D. Greenberg

Senior Associate Director and Scholar in Residence, the USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice Program—Moderator


5:30 p.m. check-in
6 p.m. program