Recorded March 4, 2022
In remembrance of the violence perpetrated at the Boston Massacre, we ask ourselves the Essential Question: “What is my ultimate recourse if I am silenced or marginalized?” Join Revolutionary Spaces President and CEO Nat Sheidley and esteemed experts Dr. Mneesha Gellman and Peter Krause as we examine political violence on a global scale, the cost of revolution, and the memory of massacres.
- MNEESHA GELLMAN is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College. Her research interests include comparative democratization, memory politics, and social movements in the Global South and the United States. She is the author of Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic Minority Rights Movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador (2017), and the forthcoming Indigenous Language Politics in the Schoolroom: Culturecide and Resistance in Mexico and the United States (2023). She is the founder of the Emerson Prison Initiative, and serves as an expert witness in asylum hearings in US immigration court.
- PETER KRAUSE is Associate Professor of political science at Boston College and Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. He is the author of Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (Cornell University Press, 2017) and co-editor of Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Stories from the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science (Columbia University Press, 2020). More at peterjpkrause.com
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Institute.
In the Essential Questions Series, we bring together diverse panels to explore six essential questions that both the nation’s founders and contemporary Americans still grapple with today and discover how these keystones illuminate current events.
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