Webcasts of PACS 164-A, B & C

Welcome to Peace and Conflict Studies!

Introduction to Nonviolence (164A) and Nonviolence Today (164B), were recorded and webcast in 2006/2007 at the University of California at Berkeley, within the Peace and Conflict Studies program (PACS) founded by Prof. Michael Nagler, Metta Center’s founder and president.

Prof. Nagler often refers to the “Readers.” The links you see below are the Readers (PDFs), excellent complementary material to the courses and to our education on nonviolence. Please note that the files sizes are somewhat large and could take a little while to download (as Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, the nonviolent soldier of Islam, said: “If I could summarize nonviolence in one word, it would be: Patience.”).

Note: We are currently working on an abridged version of the lectures and would appreciate your input on the parts you find most meaningful. We’d love to hear from you!



Gandhiji's Salt March

Introduction to Nonviolence (PACS164A)

PACS164A Webcast (YouTube)


Section I: Background and General Principles

PACS164A Syllabus

A Conceptual Framework for Nonviolence

Science and History 1 of 2

Science and History 2 of 2

A New/Old Alternative: Basic Ideas of the Vedanta

Section II: The Story Unfolds

South Africa


Section III:

The Western Experience of Nonviolence

Section IV:

The Legacy

Mahatma Gandhi a Biography by B.R. Nanda (a very valuable book that is out of print)

Part 1

Part 2


Gandhiji's Salt March

Nonviolence Today (PACS164B)

PACS164B Webcast (YouTube)


Part 1: Syllabus, Other Resources and Introduction

Part 2: Freedom Struggles; Nonviolent Insurrection

Part 3: Anti-militarism and Related Struggles

Part 4: “Globalization from Below.”

Part 5: Toward a Nonviolent Culture – 1 of 2

________Toward a Nonviolent Culture – 2 of 2