University Programs

Colorado College

Slobodan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic are visiting instructors at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. They teach a course entitled Senior Transitions: Waging Non-Violent Conflict. They have taught this course since8 2006, and the “CANVAS” block in the department of political science is one of the most popular among students. The course is based on CANVAS Core Curriculum content. More >


Belgrade University

In January of 2008, CANVAS started a joint graduate program at the Faculty of Political Science at Belgrade University. Two classes of students finished the course, Strategies and Methods of Nonviolent Social Change. It was the first certified course dedicated to Strategic Nonviolent struggle based on CANVAS’ Core Curriculum. Since October of 2012 CANVAS representatives teach an MA course, “Political Analysis and Management.” More >



Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic started a new course in January of 2013  at NYU called Nonviolent Political Activism. This course, ideally for students interested in democratization, international development, conflict management, human rights and security studies, focuses on the phenomenon of nonviolent conflict and explores how nonviolent movements are shaping national, regional, and international relations. More >



In September 2010 and April 2011 visits were conducted to Rutgers University in New Jersey. In April 2012 Srdja Popovic held a lecture on Nonviolent Social Changes for the students of PhD studies.

“People Power unveiled – how nonviolent struggle is changing our world?”; Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA; April 23rd 2014, Srdja Popovic

Grinnell College

Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic were invited by professor Todd Armstrong to be guest lecturers at Grinnell College in Iowa. The course lasted for three weeks and there were 21 students who enrolled. Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic taught a version of the course that CANVAS offers at Colorado College. The course was based on the CANVAS’ Core Curriculum and their workbook “Nonviolent Struggle, 50 Crucial Points.” Books were given to and used by each student throughout the course. This course had both theoretical and practical aspects, engaged in interdisciplinary inquiry with content stemming from the particularities of the Serbian experience and the processes of post communist identity conflict and change. Arising from the ashes of Yugoslavia were seven new nations which struggled through three wars and numerous nonviolent movements, a topic that was explored throughout the course. The CANVAS curriculum also applied lessons learned from the past decade in a global context. This course appealed to students of Peace Studies, Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies, Policy Studies, and the general student population. Each student wrote  several short papers, and the course culminated in a final paper analyzing a particular conflict of the student’s choice. Following this, they received grades and credits for this course.

Columbia University

Srdja Popovic was the visiting scholar and gave lectures on Nonviolent Social Change in April, September, and October 2011.

John Hopkins University, SAIS

Srdja Popovic lectured on nonviolent social changes with a special focus on the Arab Spring in April 2011.

United States Air Force Academy

“Introduction to nonviolent struggle”; USAF Academy, Department of Political Science; Colorado; May 5th 2014; Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic  

Starting in 2007 and continuing presently, CANVAS representatives give the “Advantages of Nonviolent Struggle” presentation at the Colorado Air Force Academy. It is attended by 14 students from their department of strategic policy. As interest for this kind of presentation rises, CANVAS is negotiating to hold a presentation for an even wider audience at the AFA, which may lead to common educational activities with neighboring Colorado College.

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Slobodan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic were invited to give a lecture on nonviolent social changes, with a focus on the Arab Spring in September 2011. CANVAS and John F. Kennedy School also discussed possible cooperation on establishing a long distance learning program.
In 2013 CANVAS founders Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic were invited to teach at the Harvard Kennedy School of government to teach the class “The Strategic Application of Nonviolent Action” which will integrate reading, discussion, and class projects of the theory and practice of human rights. More >

Northeastern University

Since September 2011 in cooperation with Professor Denis J. Sullivan, CANVAS established cooperation with this Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Besides lectures held by Srdja Popovic every 6 months for more than 250 students, every semester CANVAS welcomes students from Northeastern to do an internship program in their office in Belgrade. As part of the Northeastern summer study program CANVAS trainers give students a 2.5 day workshop on nonviolent methods and tactics.

“How people power is changing the world”; Boston, USA, February 27th 2014; Srdja Popovic; organized by Northeastern University,

CANVAS training; Study visit “Balkan Dialogue”; Northeastern University; Belgrade, Serbia; July 20-21 2014; Milan Raskovic and Srdja Popovic

University of Essex

In addition to the existing university programs, CANVAS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Essex in order to confirm a CANVAS course in this University during spring semester of academic year 2015/16. The course will last for 10 working days and is expected to have two instructors, Srdja Popovic and Slobodan Djinovic. The course will be open to students at the University of Essex and the course can also be opened to interested parties outside the University of Essex. Other talks include:

“Nonviolent movements from Arab Spring to Wall Street and further – How popular movements are shaking the world”, University of Essex; October 31th 2014; Essex, UK, Srdja Popovic

Tufts University


Talks: “Strategic nonviolence, Ukrainian protests and ending authoritarianism in Europe”,  organized by Fletcher School, Boston, USA, February 28th, 2014; Slobodan Djinovic

Arcadia University

Talks: “Students and social activism” – Swiss Embassy in cooperation with Arcadia University, Arcadia University International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program, Belgrade, Serbia, May 29th 2014, Srdja Popovic

George Mason University


Talks: “Introduction to nonviolent struggle”; George Mason University – School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Study Visit; Belgrade, Serbia; June 19th, 2014; Milan Raskovic

Bayerischer Rundfunk, Anstalt Des Öffentlichen Rechts


Talks: “Zündfunk Netzkongress “DON’T PANIC”, conference;  organized by Bayerischer Rundfunk, Anstalt Des Öffentlichen Rechts; Munich, Germany;  October 11th 2014; Srdja Popovic; topic “Between the powerful tool and seductive clicktivism”

University College London


Talks: “Nonviolent movements from Arab Spring to Wall Street and further – How popular movements are shaking the world”; University College London; London, UK; October 30 2014; Srdja Popovic

Hildesheim, Germany


Talks: “The uses of Art: History” ” conference; Hildesheim University, November 28-30 2014; Hildesheim, Germany; Srdja Popovic topic  “Art and contemporary nonviolent struggle”