University Essays – Class of Nonviolence

In addition to the eight-week Class of Nonviolence, Colman McCarthy also has prepared readings for a 16-week “University” course. The University essays are not harder to read or understand than the 8-week class: it is just MORE, and divided into 16 sessions to conform with the typical college semester. Twelve of the 48 essays in the 8-week class are omitted in the 16-week class. There are 41 additional essays, making a total of 77 readings. Those familiar with the 8-week Class of Nonviolence will notice that 36 of the readings are the same: these are marked with a *.


Readings for Lesson One

1.1 Nonviolence as a Way of Life, by Robert McGlasson  1.2 *If We Listen Well, by Edward Guinan  1.3 *Nonviolent Response to Assault by Gerald Vanderhaar  1.4  *Human Nature Isn’t Inherently Violent by Alfie Kohn  1.5 *Axioms of Nonviolence By Lanzo del Vasto  1.6 *Students Astutely Aware by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Two

2.1 *Love is the Measure, by Dorothy Day  2.2 *Poverty and Precarity, by Dorothy Day  2.3 *Undeclared War to Declared War, by Dorothy Day
2.4 *This Money is Not Ours, by Dorothy Day  2.5 Reflections in Jail, by Dorothy Day  2.6 *Dorothy Day, by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Three

3.1 *Doctrine of the Sword by Mohandas Gandhi  3.2 *Gandhi in the ‘Postmodern’ Age by Sanford Krolick and Betty Cannon  3.3 *Family Satyagraha by Eknath Easwaren  3.4 *Ahimsa by Eknath Easwaren  3.5 *My Faith in Nonviolence by Mohandas Gandhi  3.6 *A Pause From Violence by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Four

4.1 *Feminism, Peace and Power by Mary Roodkowsky  4.2 *Rape is all too Thinkable for Quite the Normal Sort of Man by Neal King and Martha McCaughey  4.3 *Narrowing the Battlefield by Carol Ascher  4.4 *Patriarchy: A State of War by Barbara Hope  4.5 *An American Shero of 1941 by Colman McCarthy

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 Readings for Lesson Five

5.1 *Martin Luther King, Jr. by Charles De Benedetti  5.2 *Loving Your Enemies by Martin Luther King, Jr. 5.3 *Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam by Martin Luther King, Jr.  5.4 *Pilgrimage to Nonviolence by Martin Luther King, Jr.  5.6 *King and Pacifism: The Other Dimension by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Six

6.1 *On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau  6.2 War Tax Resistance: One Story, by Andrea Ayvazian  6.3 *The Judge and the Bomb by Miles Lord  6.4 Economic Conversion, by Seymour Mellman  6.5 Up Against The Arms Merchants, by Colman McCarthy  6.6 War, Property and Peace, by Colman McCarthy

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 Readings for Lesson Seven

7.1 Ministering to the Condemned by Joseph Ingle  7.2 The Pains of Life, by Joe Giarratano  7.3 Another Attorney for Life, by Michael Mello  7.4 The Inhuman Way of Death, by Willie Darden  7.5 More than a Reasonable Doubt, by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Eight

8.1 The Ethics of Nonviolent Eating, by Helen Nearing  8.2 The Animal Rights Position, by Tom Regan  8.3 *Animals, My Brethren by Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz  8.4 *Interview on Respect for Animals, with Isaac Bashevis Singer  8.5 *A Vegetarian Sourcebook by Keith Akers  8.6 *‘Terrorists’ for Animal Rights by Colman McCarthy

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 Readings for Lesson Nine

9.1 The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm  9.2 Some Men are More Perfect Than Others, by Merle Shain  9.3 How to Love Our Children, by James and Kathleen McGinnis  9.4 Men, Women and the Art of Friendship, by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Ten

10.1  *Letter to Ernesto Cardenal: Guns Don’t Work by Daniel Berrigan  10.2 Resist Not Evil, by Clarence Darrow  103. Daniel Berrigan and a Pennsylvania Judge, by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Eleven

11.1  The Town That Defied the Holocaust, by Grace Yoder  11.2 Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, by Philip Hallie  11.3 Nonviolent Weapons of the Spirit, by Colman McCarthy

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 Readings for Lesson Twelve

12.1  *Patriotism or Peace by Leo Tolstoy  12.2  Letter to a Corporal, by Leo Tolstoy  12.3 Advice to a Draftee, by Leo Tolstoy  12.4 War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy  12.5 Napoleon, by Leo Tolstoy  12.6 Tolstoy and the Larger Vision, by Colman McCarthy

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 Readings for Lesson Thirteen

13.1 Nonviolent Strategy and Commitment, by Robert Seeley  13.2 *The Technique of Nonviolent Action by Gene Sharp  13.3 Nonviolent Civil Defense, by Liane Ellison Norman  13.4 Look to the Future, Learn from the Past, by Dudley Weeks  13.5 Charles Grassley and the Pentagon Hogs, by Colman McCarthy

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Readings for Lesson Fourteen

*What Would You Do If? by Joan Baez  14.2 A Question of Adhesion, by Joan Baez  14.3 The Courage of Conviction, by Joan Baez  14.4 Backstage with Joan Baez, by Colman McCarthy

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 Readings for Lesson Fifteen

15.1  The Nonviolent Alternative, by Thomas Merton  15.2 Message to Poets, by Thomas Merton  15.3 Education and Success, by Thomas Merton 15.4 Rediscovering Thomas Merton, by Colman McCarthy

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 Readings for Lesson Sixteen

16.1 Volunteers for Peace, by Gerald Rice  16.2 Volunteers Forever, by Sargent Shriver  16.3 Sargent Shriver, Enduring Peacemaker, by Colman McCarthy

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