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.
In this ground-breaking and much-needed book, Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance Stellan Vinthagen provides the first major systematic attempt to develop a theory of nonviolent action since Gene Sharp's seminal The Politics of Nonviolent Action in 1973. Employing a rich collection of historical and contemporary social movements from various parts of the world as examples - from the civil rights movement in America to anti-Apartheid protestors in South Africa to Gandhi and his followers in India - and addressing core theoretical issues concerning nonviolent action in an innovative, penetrating way, Vinthagen argues for a repertoire of nonviolence that combines resistance and construction.
Daniel Chapman and Ezra Markowitz (assistant professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst) worked as researchers and contributing authors to a new report on using visual imagery to communicate about climate change. Their research was used to create the website www.climatevisuals.org, which is the first evidence-based library of climate change imagery coupled with recommendations for communicators, journalists, and activists on how to best utilize visual imagery for climate change communication. The report, as well as a majority of the images on the website, is freely available to the public.
Linda Tropp testified at a congressional briefing in Washington D.C. on November 5th. Co-sponsored by the Office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), NAACP, ACLU, and SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together), the briefing was on racial profiling and law enforcement. "Given the cues we regularly encounter and receive about different racial groups in our society, it is likely that most Americans in the United States would exhibit some degree of implicit bias favoring whites,” said Linda Tropp at this forum.
"Behavioral manifestations of anxiety such as less eye contact, shifting away, standing farther back, or maintaining great social distance may be due to racial anxiety, but in actuality, they might be interpreted by the perceiver or the person you're interacting with as racial hostility or rejection" said Linda Tropp in a recent interview regarding racial tensions and perceptions. This interview, "How do we improve dialogue about race relations", was conducted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on the PBS Network on October 9th, 2015.