2011: Year of worldwide protests
From Tunisia, to Greece, to the United States, to Moscow, 2011 was the year where the voice of the protestor tolled. Protests took every form from peaceful assemblies, to flash mobs violence, and even Civil War that overthrew a government in Libya. As in Arlington National Cemetery where the Unknown Soldier stands to symbolize all those who fought, volunteered and were lost to war. This year, the impact of social movements were so powerful that the usually anonymous individual became so potent that they were recognized by Time as Person of the Year. Boris Kagarlitsky, Director of the Institute for Globalization and Social Movements, Thomas Reed, Distinguished Prof of American Studies at Washington State University and author of The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle, as well as Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology at the NY University and author of No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991, consider the impact, affect, and power of protests and social movements.