Justice and Equity: 6th Gonzaga International Conference on Hate Studies, 11/4-11/6/21 (virtual)

So many of us are deeply concerned with issues of all forms of bias and “othering,” including ableism, Anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, sexism, and xenophobia. The Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies supports research and education focused on the human capacity to dehumanize an ‘other’ and the processes that can counter that capacity. We hope you will join us at Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope for the Sixth Gonzaga International Conference on Hate Studies held virtually November 4-6, 2021. Early bird registration rates end September 30.


The conference opens with a featured panelist, Practitioner Perspectives: Building Coalitions and Organizations and the Research Needed to Support the Work

·        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.  


The conference continues with the featured panel, Academic Perspectives: What is the Future of Hate Studies Research?

·        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

The conference begins Thursday and runs for full days on Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s featured panels include speakers from North American academic centers for the study of hate as well as Human Rights Task Force directors from throughout the Inland Northwest.

Early bird rates end September 30. Registration is open at www.gonzaga.edu/icohs. Living light registration rates, as well as scholarship requests, are available. Students are encouraged to register for scholarships using their school emails. Registration includes all featured panels and access to the full range of concurrent presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions.  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. For more information, see www.gonzaga.edu/hatestudies or click here for the complete story. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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