Presentation: Making Research Matter

Event Details

November 18, 2013
3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Tobin Hall

Room: 423

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Debbie Weyl

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. Each meeting includes a 30-35 minute presentation followed by a half-hour discussion.

* Sponsored by UMass Psychology of Peace and Violence Program and the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Refreshments will be served  

Open to everyone


If cognitive and emotional differences exist between groups e.g. Conservatives and Liberals, Protestants and Catholics, Palestinians and Israelis, how can we use our knowledge of these differences to foster greater understanding between them ?  Can such differences be modified? How can the insights gained from our research prove helpful in the quest for more effective communication across group and party lines? Can a greater understanding of group differences, help us in having more productive cross-group debates.  Mari Fitzduff will start the discussion by recounting group cognitive and emotional differences encountered in her work in Northern Ireland and how these influenced conflict resolution practices and programs within the region.


Mari Fitzduff  is a Professor and the founding director of the International Masters program in Coexistence and Conflict at The Heller School, Brandeis University,   USA. Previously she was Chair of Conflict Studies at Ulster University in Northern Ireland where she directed a United Nations international research center. She was the founding Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, which focused on developing and funding policy and practice programs on conflict resolution in Northern Ireland.

 She has worked extensively with international and national organizations on issues of conflict in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has published five books on issues of conflict and peacebuilding including Fitzduff, M and Stout, C: (Eds) (2006) The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace. 3 Vols. ‘ published by Praegar Press. Her latest book, Public Policies in Shared Societies, will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in September 2013.