Making Research Matter


Monday, November 18, 2013 - 15:30


Mari Fitzduff
Mari Fitzduff


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).


Room 423  Tobin Hall
Refreshments will be served

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.

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