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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

N.E. Psychologist interviewed Linda Tropp about The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program

Linda Tropp, who has written several books on group dynamics and prejudice reduction, has received awards for her work and has presented social science evidence in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on racial integration, spoke with New England Psychologist’s Catherine Robertson Souter about the work she and her co-faculty members are doing with the UMass program and how their graduates are working to illuminate all sides of the issue of violence.

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Linda Tropp comments in a story about "implicit bias" in the Amherst schools on NEPR

The Amherst, Massachusetts, public schools have been talking a lot about race since last year, when an African-American math teacher was the target of racist graffiti around the high school. In response, the school committee created a task force to advise it on matters of “equity.” Now, task force members want the district to tackle a more subtle form of racism — something called “implicit bias.

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