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Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance

Stellan Vinthagen Named Inaugural Chair in The Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance

Stellan Vinthagen, an internationally known Swedish peace activist and educator in conflict transformation and civil disobedience, has been named the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in the study of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.        Read more

UMass Amherst Magazine Article

To learn more about this new development read this article from the UMASS Amherst Magazine: 'A Tale of Two Peace Offerings:  Philanthropists encourage the pursuit of peace':   Read more

Psychology of Peace and Violence Program Faculty, Students and Graduates in the News

Are war and violence inevitable? Political psychologists argue for the importance of peace research in Headlines and Global News

Rebel army soldier in Syria (Photo : Reuters)

Political psychologists Bernhard Leidner, Brian Lickel and Linda Tropp at the University of Massachusetts Amherst argue that war and violent conflict is not an inevitable component of human nature, having written a special new piece on "peace psychology" that urges people to overturn the widespread belief.

Ervin Staub gave a talk at a 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in Tokyo

Ervin Staub, Laurie Anne Perlman, former foreign minister and current Rwandan Ambassador to Tokyo Charles Murigande, and his wife Rosette.

Dr. Ervin Staub and his wife Laurie Anne Pearlman, a clinical psychologist and his collaborator on projects to promote reconciliation in Rwanda since 1999, gave talks  at a 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in Tokyo on May 25, 2014, here pictured  with former foreign minister and current Rwandan Ambassador to Tokyo Charles Murigande, and his wife Rosette.

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