On Civil Disobedience

Today, many are concerned about the social fabric of the country due to increasing inequality, the breakdown of civility and the loss of confidence in our government institutions, and the polarization of the political opinion, among other challenges. In such times, we can learn much by looking to the concerns and responses of those who have lived through similar situations in the past. This event is a group discussion of Henry David Thoreau’s 1849 essay Civil Disobedience, a classic argument for the responsibility of the individual, when faced with a perceived unjust government, to resist. His essay, prompted by the abolition movement and against the Mexican-American war, has served to inspire many who protest injustice, including Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lunchtime Dialogue

12:30-1:45 pm Mission-Dennett