Stellan Vinthagen was profiled as Head of the first university initiative on Civil Resistance in both Waging Nonviolence and Truthout.
With parents who were Gandhian vegetarians and a grandfather who was sent to military prison during World War II for helping Jews enter Sweden, Stellan Vinthagen has nonviolent resistance in his blood.
Graduate Katya Migacheva recently accepted a position with the RAND Corporation (http://www.rand.org), where she now serves as an Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist. At RAND, Katya hopes to combine her expertise in both science and policy and to continue and expand her work on societies in transition and relations between racial, ethnic, and national groups.
With a $2.8 million endowment, the University of Massachusetts has hired Stellan Vinthagen, an internationally known Swedish peace activist, to be chair in the study of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance.
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.