The Interdisciplinary Seminar on Conflict and Violence is designed to promote interdisciplinary exchanges among faculty and students interested in the topics of conflict, violence, and peace, from a wide range of departments across campus.
Program faculty Dr. Berni Leidner received a new grant to study how past collective trauma of suffering and perpetrating intergroup violence can facilitate or prevent intergroup violence in the present.Together with Co-PI Dr. Gilad Hirschberger from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, Dr. Jiyoung Park (UMass), and students Mengyao Li and Quinnehtukqut McLamore (both UMass) and Mabelle Kretchner (IDC), Dr. Leidner will test a comprehensive theoretical approach that links collective trauma and future intergroup violence. The project will be funded by the U.S National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for the next three years.
Ervin Staub has helped the New Orleans police develop a program to teach officers how to intervene when they see fellow officers on the verge of unethical behavior. The program builds on Staub’s research into bystander behavior and how people respond to violence and intimidation.
Graduate students Mengyao Li and Hemapreya Selvanathan co-authored an article in Forward, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) newsletter on how to respond to the Orlando Shooting. The piece was a result of a meeting at the SPSSI conference with other scholars in the field, including Winnifred Louis, a recent speaker here for our program.