Lecture: 'The Power of Active Bystanders'
October 2, 2017
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
What are the roots of active bystandership—actions to help, prevent harm, promote the welfare of individuals and groups—and what inhibits people from being active bystanders? Professor Staub will describe research, theory, and examples of interventions to prevent harmful behavior/violence and generate positive action. He will show how passivity encourages and empowers harmful actions and can allow the evolution of extreme harm. He will also highlight the power of individuals (and groups) to prevent harm and generate positive evolution. Among the examples will be genocide and rescuers; interventions in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo to promote reconciliation; and in Amsterdam following violence to improve Dutch-Muslim relations; training of police to be active bystanders who prevent or stop unnecessary harm by fellow officers; and training of students in schools to inhibit bullying. He will also briefly discuss the socialization of children to become caring, helpful, active bystanders. In the end he will discuss application to the current situation in the U.S.