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23 JULY 2001. VOLUME 33. NUMBER 08. 4 PAGES_ 

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DLSU-Manila contributes to peace psychology

De La Salle University-Manila united with various universities and organizations in sharing the developments in peace psychology during the 7th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace on July 16 to 21.

The University hosted a dinner for the representatives of the 13 participating countries, with 35 individual presentors, at the M. Gaerlan Conservatory on July 18. Participants from China, Sweden, South Africa, United States, Australia, Cambodia, India, Germany, Singapore, Columbia, North Ireland, Indonesia, and the Philippines composed the members and leaders of the Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace (CPSP) under the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).

Former President Corazon Aquino graced the opening ceremonies. The first paper presented was centered on People Power 2, which symbolized the Philippine style of peaceful and non-violent protest.

Madelene Sta. Maria, professor of the Psychology Department and member of the site committee for the international symposium, shared DLSU-M’s contribution to peace psychology as she presented her research paper titled The Indigenous Psychology of Conflict and Conflict Management.

Also highlighted in the week-long symposium are the following themes on peace psychology: The Socialization of Peacemaking, Culture of Peace; Intercultural Reconciliation; Toward the Development of Models for Peace Psychology; Peace and Development; and Responses to the Post-Conflict Situation in East Timor.

The symposium aimed to enable scholars to present their current research in peace psychology, engage in intercultural dialogue aimed at reducing culture bias and ethnocentrism in research and practice in peace psychology. They also sought to bring forward the voices and perspectives from cultures and local situations--especially in Asia--that are typically not included in peace psychology dialogues.


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