After earning his B.A. in journalism from Penn State in 2004, graduate student Bryan Farrell worked as a researcher for The Village Voice, The Nation and Rolling Stone. He wrote on activism and environmental issues for Mother Jones, In These Times and the Earth Island Journal, among other publications. In 2009, he started a news Web site called Waging Nonviolence, which reports on actions, campaigns and movements around the world.
At Gallatin, Farrell is studying environmental thought and action, which includes an independent study with Professor Stephen Duncombe called “Creative Environmental Activism.” “It has allowed me to examine and practice the theories behind successful, media-savvy strategies and tactics,” Farrell says.
His adviser is Professor Gene Cittadino, whose “grounding in science and philosophy has provided a much-needed balance to my activist-oriented approach,” Farrell says. After graduating, Farrell plans to continue running Waging Nonviolence, which, he says, “has gone from being a labor of love to a funded non-profit news organization. Having expanded my knowledge of environmental issues and sharpened my analytical skill, I will be able to curate and produce far better original content.”