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Robert A. Kezer, PhD, writes to bridge the gap between isolated knowledge arising in the academy and its informed integration into the public world.
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Robert A. Kezer, PhD, returned to college believing we can abolish war as part of the world system. Over a dozen years later, a PhD in Transformative Studies, and integrating the field of strategic nonviolent conflict Bob sees us entering a window of opportunity where global transformation toward a more compassionate world is possible. With his writing he bridges the gap between the isolated knowledge arising in the academy and its integrated application in the real world. He has one adult son and fatherhood is his greatest joy.
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Robert A. Kezer, PhD, has crossed many class, social, cultural, and educational boundaries. Growing up in an Air Force Pararescue family most of his childhood was spent overseas, the most memorable time being almost four years on a small farm in Andalusia, Spain. This was during the 1960’s when Franco was dictator, and he saw first hand the fear and poverty that ravaged the countryside. As a result of these childhood experiences he embraced the power of the human spirit to survive, assumed that the United States’ narrative of exceptionalism was correct, and developed a strong resentment for authority that would cause him friction for many years into the future.
Upon leaving the U.S. Coast Guard as a Quartermaster Second Class, he relocated to a small town in interior Alaska. By trade he is a journeyman power lineman out of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1547, Fairbanks, Alaska. After retiring from line-work he re-tooled and became the owner and program director of a preventive health care center where he implemented personal training and medical conditioning programs for people of all ages.
In 2002, he returned to college pursuing a self-designed program in Peace Studies for the next twelve years. He graduated from the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, with degrees in International Studies and Religious Studies (2006), from John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco, California, with a Masters degree in Integral Theory (2010), and from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California, with a PhD in Transformative Studies with a concentration in integral theory (2014). His dissertation is titled: Integral Nonviolent Conflict: Reframing the Idea of Civil Resistance Against Violent Oppression (available free through ProQuest/UMI publishers).
Today Bob writes to bridge the gap between the isolated knowledge arising in the academy and its integrated application in the public world. The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril, is his first novel. He has one adult son and fatherhood is his greatest joy.
Written for activists and the informed public yet cited and rigorous enough for students and scholars of mass civil disobedience. People Power, Civil Resistance, and Social Transformation is a concise introduction to the field of strategic nonviolent conflict covering terms, misconceptions, critiques and concerns, an historical lineage, and today’s community, theories, and debates.
Political fiction set in a contemporary romance between Jo Novak and Luke Canton in Granada, Nicaragua, who are meeting the challenges of a mature sexual relationship while living abroad in one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere. Legacy explores the popular myths in the United States fueling perpetual war, and the rise of nonviolent conflict over the last century as the most powerful transformational force on earth. Kezer then argues that humanity can soon claim ultimate sovereignty over the planet, and he builds the case for launching the Project for a People’s Global Mandate to do so.
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
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EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Owner/Instructor: Intensive English Language Instruction Online (IELIO). https://robertakezer.com/intensive-english-language-instruction-online/. Current.
Teacher of English as a second language (Level: Intermediate). La Universidad Estatal Amazónica, Puyo, Ecuador, 2014-2015.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Transformative Studies with a concentration in integral theory, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA. 2014, DISSERTATION: Integral Nonviolent Conflict: Reframing the Idea of Civil Resistance Against Violent Oppression
Certificate in English language teaching to adults (CELTA), Southern Cross Teacher Training Center, University of Cambridge, Montañita, Ecuador, 2014
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Integral Theory, John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco, CA, 2010
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2006
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religious Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2006
Academic Minor in Spanish, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2006
Study abroad: University of Granada, Centro de Lenguas Modernas, Granada, Spain, January – May 2005
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Textbook: People Power, Civil Resistance, and Social Transformation: An Introduction to Nonviolent Conflict (2015). Mama Tungurahua Publishing.
Novel: The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril. (2015). Mama Tungurahua Publishing.
Book review: Peace guerilla: Unarmed and in harms way, my obsession with ending violence, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, May, 2014
Presentation: Integral Nonviolent Conflict: Reframing the Idea of Civil Resistance Against Violent Oppression, Integral Theory Conference: Connecting the Integral Kosmopolitan, San Francisco, CA, July, 2013
Panel participant: Beyond Speaking Truth to Power, Integral Theory Conference: Connecting the Integral Kosmopolitan, San Francisco, CA, July, 2013
Book review: Why civil resistance works: The strategic logic of nonviolent
Conflict, Conflict and Communication Online, http://www.cco.regener-online.de/, 2013
Article: Integral Christ: Exploring the kosmic address of the Christ of the Urantia Revelation, Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 5(3), 157-174, 2010 (See under Miscellaneous Writings)
Accepted for publication: Book review, Nonviolent revolutions: Civil
resistance in the late 20th century. World Futures: The Journal of Global Education at
Various Articles on Peace: (2007) (LINK https://robertakezer.com/past-writings/past-articles-on-the-idea-of-peace/)