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.
On May 14, 2014 Dr. Linda Tropp had the honor of presenting social science research on "the Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination" as part of the Congressional Seminar series "Psychological Insights into Legislative Issues." This series was organized by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and co-sponsored by our very own local Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).
Ervin Staub presented an invited address at the Spirit of Humanity conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, April , 2014 and at a conference on the Holocaust organized by the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest, Hungary, May, 2014.
Graduate student Manisha Gupta chaired this conference at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City on Thursday, May 8, 2014. This SPSSI sponsored event consisted of presentations and discussions designed to increase awareness of the intersection of psychology, policy and advocacy at the United Nations.
American civil right leader Reverend James Lawson, Jr. gave an inspiring and well-attended talk on April 28, 2014 as the final speaker in our year long Distinguished Speaker Series on Nonviolent Action and Civil Resistance. The talk was titled "Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?" He is seen here with members of The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program.
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