Institute for Hate Studies Conferences & Events

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 PM Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga University School of Law:

"How Could We? Regret and the Pursuit of Humanity"
Steven W. Bender, Professor, Seattle University School of Law

Co-Sponsored by the Gonzaga University School of Law and the Journal of Hate Studies

In this talk drawn from his forthcoming book by the same name, Professor Bender offers a "definitive moral compass" steeped in American legal, economic, political and cultural history for guiding contemporary decision-makers and the general public toward policies and practices that avoid "societal regret" and express compassion.  Starting with a review of federal and state apologies issued for previous policies and practices of dehumanization, Bender offers a cross-disciplinary inquiry into which current practices and policies are candidates for societal regret when our reputational and generational legacies are later judged. Whether we are artists, scholars, judges, students, the heads of business corporations, educational leaders, or members of the general public in which social media encapsulates and broadcasts our views, all of us have a stake in standing on the side of history that is not aligned with dehumanization. Racial slavery, segregation, gender discrimination, and state mistreatment of the mentally infirm are thus considered alongside the death penalty, race and criminal justice, immigration policy, the treatment of farm laborers, structural poverty, and other issues.  Using the twin lenses of inhumanity and compassion, in their legal and social dimensions, offers a framework for resolving some of the most contentious social problems of our time and shifts the conversation from a retrospective and distancing "How could they?" to an interrogatory and imperative query of the present:  "How could we?"  

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 PM Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga University School of Law:

"The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention"
Joseph G. Bock,  Director of Global Health Training and Teaching Professor, Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame

Co-Sponsored by the Gonzaga University School of Law and the Journal of Hate Studies

Hardly a day passes without hearing a newscast or seeing an article about the influence of social media on politics. Some stories highlight connections between social media and violent political unrest; others highlight how people are using social media to overthrow dictators, track disease outbreaks, prevent ethnoreligious violence, and effect nonviolent social change. How might we harness these newer technologies to prevent violence, hatred, and associated humanitarian disasters? How could we promote nonviolent social change through social media? Dr. Bock, whose recent book (MIT Press, 2012) makes the case for what he calls "early warning and early response" to prevent violence, focuses on the application of many social media technologies and methodologies for their current and prospective use, human rights efficacy, and ethical implications. A fellow the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies as well as a former state legislator, humanitarian INGO leader, and consultant to the Asia Foundation, Dr. Bock has addressed gatherings at the World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a UN Assembly in Cairo, and Catholic University of Leuven. He is the first visiting fellow in the 15-year history of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies.

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 PM Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga University School of Law:

"The Northwest American Republic: Dreams of White Forefathers"
Robert L. Tsai, Professor, American University Washington College of Law

Co-Sponsored by the Gonzaga University School of Law and the Journal of Hate Studies

Drawn from his new book Defiant Designs: America's Forgotten Constitutions (Harvard University Press, 2014), Professor Tsai unearths and discusses a recent exercise in constitution writing - by American Nazis. Just a few years ago, several leaders of the Aryan movement - some of whom are spending time in federal prison - participated in an e-convention. In the aftermath of the Aryan Nations' collapse, in late-2006 these figures developed a draft constitution for a proposed Pacific Northwest white homeland. The drafters cast themselves as the authentic heirs to the American political tradition and interwove European history with American constitutionalism. Their collective effort to adopt a constitutional framework and imagine a Northwest American Republic represents a new wrinkle in the movement's tactics and self-presentations, some of which include more mainstream appeal, outreach and political organizing, as well as appropriation of regionally-popular ideas, images, and slogans. Professor Tsai served as Guest Editor of The Journal of Hate Studies vol. 10, "Hate and Political Discourse," for which a special symposium was held in Washington DC in Fall 2012.



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