Psychology of Peace and Violence Program Offers Distinguished Speaker Series

Stellan Vinthagen

AMHERST, Mass. ­– The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting four distinguished speakers who will discuss nonviolent action, civil resistance, the motivation of dissent and pathways of political engagement in the coming months. All talks are free and open to the public and are at 4 p.m. in 904 Campus Center.

Speakers and their topics are:

Thursday, Sept. 19: “The 4 Dimensions of Nonviolent Action: A Sociological Perspective,” by Stellan Vinthagen, associate professor of sociology and senior lecturer in peace and development studies at Gothenburg University and University West, Sweden.

Tuesday, Oct. 1: “Why Civil Resistance Works: Unarmed Conflict in the Past and Future,” by Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor at Josef Korbel School of International Studies University, Denver, and associate senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: “Pathways to Political Engagement and Extremism: Social Interaction, Social Influence,” by Emma Thomas, ARC research fellow and lecturer at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

Thursday, Nov. 7: “Loyal Deviance: Investigating the Motivational Dynamics of Dissent Decisions and Social Change,” by Dominic Packer, assistant professor and director of graduate studies, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.