Former Lang Visiting Professor of Issues for Social Change(2007-2009) George Lakey has been a leader in the field of nonviolent social change since the 1960s and has published extensively for both activist and academic readers. He is the founder and executive director of Training for Change, a Philadelphia-based organization internationally known for its leadership in creating and teaching strategies for nonviolent social change. Lakey has worked in the United States with mineworkers, steelworkers, and civil rights leaders, and, internationally, with South African anti-apartheid activists, Cambodian human rights organizers, and many others.
Lakey is the author of numerous book chapters, pamphlets, and articles on social change, and his work has been translated into at least six languages. His books include A Manual for Direct Action, Powerful Peacemaking: A Strategy for a Living Revolution, and Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times. His teaching includes stints at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Temple University.
At Swarthmore, Lakey taught and worked in the College's Peace and Conflict Studies Program. His teaching included "Peace Studies and Action," which Lakey developed with Lee Smithey, assistant professor of sociology. To read a news brief from George Lakey on Norway and the financial crisis, click here [pdf].
George Lakey is currently a research associate at the Lang Center.