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Stellan Vinthagen publishes Theory of Nonviolent Action How Civil Resistance Works

Theory of Nonviolent Action

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 was a researcher and contributing author for a new report on using visual imagery to communicate about climate change

climate change

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 Attends Congressional Briefing on Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement

Linda Tropp at Washington D.C. Hearing 11/5/15

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.

Linda Tropp was interviewed regarding racial tensions and perceptions on PBS New Hour

Linda Tropp was interviewed regarding racial tensions and perceptions on PBS New Hour

"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. 

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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