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Dr. Bernhard Leidner wins NSF-BSF grant

Dr. Bernhard Leidner

Program faculty Dr. Berni Leidner received a new grant to study how past collective trauma of suffering and perpetrating intergroup violence can facilitate or prevent intergroup violence in the present.Together with Co-PI Dr. Gilad Hirschberger from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, Dr.  Jiyoung Park (UMass), and students Mengyao Li and
Quinnehtukqut McLamore  (both UMass) and Mabelle Kretchner (IDC), Dr. Leidner will test a comprehensive theoretical approach that links collective trauma and future intergroup violence. The project will be funded by the U.S National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for the next three years.

 

Mengyao Li and Hemapreya Selvanathan co-authored article in SPSSI newsletter

Forward: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Graduate students Mengyao Li and Hemapreya Selvanathan co-authored an article in Forward, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) newsletter on how to respond to the Orlando Shooting. The piece was a result of a meeting at the SPSSI conference with other scholars in the field, including Winnifred Louis, a recent speaker here for our program.

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Linda Tropp was a featured panelist at Social Science Research Methods at the Frontier: Affirming Black Lives Matter

Linda Tropp

Social Science Research Methods at the Frontier: Affirming Black Lives Matter Wednesday | March 23 | 12:30-2:00 pm – UMass Campus Center Hadley Room

Three scholars of race and politics reflect critically on the frontiers of research methods in each of their disciplines in light of the fight for racial justice. This event is part of a week long, campus-wide and interdisciplinary engagement with the Black Lives Matter movement, and is co-sponsored by ISSR and the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program.

Featured Panelists:

Linda Tropp presented at the APA congressional briefing: The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination: A Scientific Perspective on Immigration

Immigration briefing - speakers and APA organizers

Linda Tropp was invited to present as part of a congressional briefing on the psychology of prejudice and discrimination in the context of immigration, held March 17, 2016  in Washington DC.  

A panel of expert psychologists discussed:

  • The psychological factors that lead to biases.
  • The psychological, physical and economic effects on individuals and communities.
  • The empirically-based policy solutions that address these biases.

 

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.

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