Resistance Studies Talks and Interviews

The Resistance Studies Initiative is collecting talks by and interviews of both academics and activists on various resistance topics, made at the UMass Amherst campus, or at other places where we go. The idea is to create a resource library with experienced people offering their theoretical reflections, research results, campaign evaluations, or critical reflections on resistance. We are just in the beginning of this project and it will take some time to build it up. The videos are aimed to be used in classes or workshops, or other educational events, and to further a collection of knowledge and experiences on different aspects of resistance. 

First of all, we host our own YouTube Channel, which includes talks since 2017 from our Resistance Studies Initiative Fall Speaker Series as well as many from Director Stellan Vinthagen and others.


Michaelann Bewsee, co-founder of Arise for Social Justice, Springfield, MA

Here is a list of the Fall Speaker Series event pages that include a link to their videos at the bottom of each page:

Margaret Cerullo, Professor of Sociology and Feminist Studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
From below and to the Left: Zapatista Autonomy and Resistance without End

Amilcar ShabazzProfessor of History and Africana Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
Assata Shakur as the Soul of Black Resistance 

John HigginsonProfessor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
Why Revolutions? 

Matt Meyer, Senior Research Scholar at the Resistance Studies Initiative, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA is an internationally recognized author, academic, organizer, and educator.
Revolutionary Nonviolence – An Anti-imperialist Approach to Liberation Struggles

Kathleen A. Brown-Perez, Esq., Faculty member in the Commonwealth Honors College and the Anthropology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst., MA
Destroy to Replace: What Twenty-first Century Resistance Means to American Indians

Nusrat S. Chowdhury, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowds and the Ambivalence of Resistance in Bangladesh 

Otto von Busch, Associate Professor in Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design, New York City, NY 
Historical Hackers: Cunning, Crafts and Material Manipulations