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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

Ervin Staub quoted in Discovery News article on the recent French Train attack

French train attack

 Ervin Staub says people react differently to stressful circumstances such as the recent disarming of a shooter on a French train by three American tourists. “Some people are calmer under certain circumstances,” he says. In a tense situation, some people react quickly and are willing to engage while others are slow to respond, while still others just watch, what he calls the bystander effect.

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Ervin Staub blogs on Huffington Post about unlawful use of force by police

Now that the media and the country pay attention, after shocking instances, almost everyday there are more reports of police officers having used unnecessary force, needlessly harming people. Some of these reports are of new events, which I will discuss later. Others are about events a year or two ago that now receive attention.

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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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