Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Tawakkol Karman spent a day at UMass, culminated by a talk in the Bernie Dallas Room to a large crowd on the topic of 
Nonviolence as a Means of Struggle, Change and Success

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in non-violent struggle for the expression rights, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work in Yemen.

While here on campus, she met with undergraduate and graduate students before giving her talk.

Sponsored by UMass Amherst Psychology of Peace and Violence Program and the UMass Lowell Greeley Scholars for Peace Studies Award

 

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The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program stands in solidarity with the signatories of the January 2016 Peace Petition, who are now facing a fresh round of criminal indictments.
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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. 

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