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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

Graduates Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek, Johanna Vollhardt and Rezarta Bilali are part of an international research team.

Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek

Graduates Ramila Usoof-Thowfeek, Johanna Vollhardt and Rezarta Bilali are part of an international research team that received a large 5 year grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation/Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues and Development for a project entitled:

Fostering Pluralistic Memories and Collective Resilience in Fragile Transitional Justice Processes

Dr. Ervin Staub wins multiple book awards for Overcoming Evil: genocide, violent conflict and terrorism

Dr. Ervin Staub's book Overcoming Evil: genocide, violent conflict and terrorism has won the 2012 Alexander George Book Award of The International Society of Political Psychology for the Best Book Published in 2011 in the Field of Political Psychology, and also won the the 2013 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award of the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association for significant and fundamental contributions to psychology as a global discipline.

Brian Lickel and Rachel Steele in Chile

Brian Lickel, Rachel Stele and colleagues in Chile

Professor Brian Lickel and graduate student Rachel Steele, from the University of Massachusetts, gave a talk on Thursday August 8, 2013 entitled, Social and Psychological Processes Underlying Intergroup Retaliation and Reconciliation kicking off the season of conferences at the School of Psychology, Catholic University of Chile, Interdisciplinary Center for intercultural and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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