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6th International Conference

International Conference on Hate Studies

Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope

November 4-6, 2021 (Held virtually)

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Gonzaga’s Institute for Hate Studies presents its sixth international conference, this one virtual, Nov. 4-6 titled, “Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope.”

Presenters from across the country will focus on such topics as fostering empathy, utilizing dialogue, teaching diversity and equity, inspiring youth to confront hatred, cyberhate, hate speech, hate crime, Pittsburgh’s response to hate by creating the newest center for the study of hate, the Inland Northwest’s stand for justice with our Human Rights Task Force leaders, anti-Asian hate, the biology of hate, and more.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and the public are invited to attend. The ‘living light’ registration fee is $30 (early registration is $20 if registered by September 30). Students are encouraged to register using the scholarship option and their school email address. Registration includes all featured panels and access to the full range of concurrent presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions. Featured panels are:

  • Practitioner Perspectives: Building Coalitions and Organizations, Thursday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

  • Connie Chung Joe, J.D. is the chief executive officer of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles.

  • Rachel Carroll Rivas is a Senior Research Analyst Lead at the Southern Poverty Law Center and rural human rights strategist, formerly with the Montana Human Rights Network.

  • Eric K. Ward is the executive director of the Western States Center and a nationally recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate, violence, and preserving inclusive democracy.

  • Academic Perspectives: What is the Future of Hate Studies Research?, Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)

    • Kathleen Blee, Ph.D., is the distinguished professor and dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon Collaboratory Against Hate Research and Action Center.

    • Thomas Brudholm, Ph.D. is the associate professor at the University of Copenhagen Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies and co-editor of Hate, Politics, Law: Critical Perspectives on Combating Hate, published in Oxford University Press.

    • Mengyao Li, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute on Collective Goods focusing on the psychological processes of moral courage.

    • Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D., is a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Stanford University and author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.

  • Academic Centers for the Study of Hate: What is the Role of Universities?, Saturday, Nov. 6 sessions, 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)

    • Kathleen Blee, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Bailey Dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies (University of Pittsburgh) and Collaboratory Against Hate (University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Melon University)

    • Brian Levin, J.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (California State University San Bernardino)

    • Kristine Hoover, Ed.D., Professor of Leadership Studies, Gonzaga Institute of Hate Studies (Gonzaga University)

    • Barbara Perry, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology and Justice, Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism (OntarioTech University)

    • Ken Stern, J.D., Author and director, Bard Center for the Study of Hate (Bard College)

  • Countering Extremism: The Role of Community Human Rights Task Forces, Saturday, Nov. 6, 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

    • Brenda Hammond, Bonner County Human Rights Task Force (Sandpoint, ID)

    • Dean Lynch, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force (Spokane, WA)

    • Travis McAdam, Montana Human Rights Network (Montana)

    • Tony Stewart, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations (Coeur D’Alene, ID)

Here are a few of the presentation, workshop, and discussion topics from among the many concurrent sessions:

  • In Quarantine with Anne Frank: Fostering Empathy in a Global Pandemic

  • The Dialogic Classroom: Hope for the Future

  • Common Challenges and Shared Solutions: An Interdisciplinary Discussion about Teaching Diversity and Equity

  • From Memory to Action: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Inspires Youth to Confront Hatred Today

  • Challenging Hate in America: Counterspeech versus Enforced Silence

  • (Ex) extremists: human rights and democracy

  • Philanthropy and Hate Funding: The Current State of the Field

  • Curating Hate: Archives & libraries managing collections that include hate-filled content

  • COVID-19: A Pandemic of Cyberhate

  • Mobilizing the White: White Nationalism and Congressional Politics in the American South

  • Vicious Cycle of Isolation and Islamophobia

  • From Hate Speech to Hate Crime: Correlation and Causation in Alt-Right Violence

The conference is co-hosted by the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, and the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. Support for the conference is provided by Laura Boyse-Aargon, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations in honor of JoAnn Harvey, Gonzaga's School of Business, the Law School’s Center for Civil & Human Rights, School of Leadership Studies, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Foley Library.

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