Past Events


Select Past Events and Projects

Conferences and Symposiums
The Pursuit of Justice Conference, 2013
The Journal of Hate Studies Symposium: Hate & Political Discourse, Sept. 2012
2nd International Conference on Hate Studies, 2011 - Final Conference Report available here.
1st International Conference on Hate Studies, 2004

Workshops and Lectures
Why People Hate: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 
This interdisciplinary course was designed by five GU professors throughout 2008-2009 to provide to examine the topic of hate from historical, psychological, sociological, organizational and criminal justice perspectives.  It was offered for the first time in Spring 2009 and again in Spring 2010. 

Jane Elliot Workshop and Lecture
Jane Elliot, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education conducted a special workshop for educators, guiding participants through the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism, and the responsibility shared by all educators for challenging these forms of oppression.

The Institute and the Gonzaga Office of Student Activities featured this exhibit for 3 days accompanied by speaker events.  The exhibit featured drawings collected during a Human Rights Watch mission to refugee camps along Darfur's border with Chad, after HRW researchers gave children pen and crayons to draw while their families were being interviewed. 

Throughout the spring semester of 2006, the Institute and the Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice presented this film series for free to the public in order to encourage discussion on the topics of dehumanization, war, violence, and reconciliation.  The films shown included:

  • "Faces of the Enemy" which explored the process of dehumanizing our adversaries before we kill them in war.  
  • "Liberia: An Uncivil War" providing an in-depth case study of one of the many brutal African civil wars.  
  • "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire" which documented Romeo Dallaire's return to Rwanda for the 10th anniversary of the genocide, reliving the political and psychological drama in unforgettable detail.  
  • "Long Night's Journey Into Day" provided a dramatic inside look at one of the most innovative and ambitious attempts at dialogue and healing in human history - South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

From March 10 - May 5, 2007, the Institute sponsored a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition in the Foley Library.  The exhibit explores how the burning of books by many authors from many countries by German university students in 1933 became "a potent symbol in America's battle against Nazism and why they continue to resonate with the public - in film, literature, and public discourse- to this day." (from the museum website).

On March 12-13, 2009, the Institute worked with the Washington State Education Resource Center, Spokane Community College, the Institute for Extended Learning and East Valley Middle School to sponsor three events centered on holocaust education:

In March of 2002, the Institute and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture sponsored workshops which explored the history, culture and traditions of the Inland Northwest Indians, as well as challenges for tribes in the 21st century.  Curriculum for the workshops met national and state educational requirements.  The format included curriculum guidelines, panel discussions, local tribal guest speakers, and hands-on activities presented in an authentic manner.  

Before this exhibit opened at Gonzaga in April of 2000, over 11,000 students had signed up to view this educational exhibit provided by the Anne Frank Center USA.  The exhibit, which was at GU for 5-weeks, illustrated the continuing relevance of Anne Frank's story, reminding viewers that the discrimination and racism that brought an end to her life did not disappear when WWII ended.  Learning about her life story challenged the viewer to think about the value of tolerance, mutual respect, and the significance of human rights.  

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