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Presenters Invited for International Conference on Hate Studies

Gonzaga News Service, February 22, 2021 

'Justice and Equity: Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope' 

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies is seeking proposals from students, academics and professionals worldwide to present at the Sixth International Conference on Hate Studies set for Nov. 4-6, 2021. Planned for a virtual format, the conference welcomes all interested individuals to submit a proposal.

Reference : Gonzaga News Service (2021, February 22).  Presenters invited for international conference on hate studies. Gonzaga News Service.  Access Online

Experts: There have been warnings of far-right violence for decades, including in the Spokane area

The Spokesman- Review, January 15, 2021

For Raymond Reyes, one of the founding members of the Institute for Hate Studies at Gonzaga University, the rhetoric, violence and imagery of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week felt both troubling and familiar.

ReferenceWhite, R. (2021, January 15). Experts: There have been warnings of far-right violence for decades, including in the Spokane area. The Spokesman-Review.  Access Online

AM News Brief: State Of Emergency, New Colorado River Commissioner & Wolf Fight Continues

 

‌Iikuer 90.1Ratio Hour, January 15, 2021

 

Expert Cautions Against Counter Protests. The FBI has warned police chiefs across the country to be on high alert for extremist activity ahead of the inauguration next week. The Mountain West has long been a hotbed for these groups. The federal law enforcement agency said there is a possibility anti-government groups and militias may target state capitols, federal buildings, businesses and the homes of congressional members. But Kristin Hoover, director of the Institute of Hate Studies at Gonzaga University in eastern Washington, said if there are rallies, community members shouldn’t organize any counter protests. She warned that would just create opportunities for further harm. — Nate Hegyi, Mountain West News Bureau. 

 

Reference‌Iikuer 90.1Ratio Hour (2021, January 15). AM News Brief: State of Emergency, New Colorado River Commissioner & Wolf Fight Continues. ‌Iikuer 90.1Ratio Hour.  Access Online

 Op-Ed: Unite in battle against terrorism

Coeur d’Alene Press, January 14, 2021

Open Letter to Fellow Americans: The Kootenai County Task Froce on Human Relation has spent the past 40 years promoting civil and human rights as enshrined in the ideals of democracy that encompasses promoting freedom, equality, equity, and justice for each individual. 

Reference: Coeru d’Alene/Post Falls. (2021, January 14). Op-Ed: Unite in battle against terrorism. Coeur d’Alene PressAccess Online

Journal of Hate Studies Seeks Submissions, Special Forum on ‘Pandemania’

 

Gonzaga News Service, December 02, 2020

 

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies is seeking submissions for Volume 17 of its Journal of Hate Studies, an international scholarly journal to be published in fall 2021. This volume will feature a forum on “Pandemania,” a term describing the ill effects of a society dealing with a lingering pandemic.

 

Reference :  Gonzaga News Service (2020, December 2). Journal of hate studies seek submissions, special forum, on 'Pandemania'. Gonzaga News Service. Access Online  

Gonzaga Honors Leslie McAuley, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force

 

Gonzaga News Service, October 29, 2020

 

2020 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies has awarded its 2020 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards to Leslie McAuley and the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. The awards are given annually to individuals and organizations committed to “taking action against hate.”

Reference : ‌Gonzaga News Service. (2020, October 29). Gonzaga honors McAuley and Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. Gonzaga University.

Institute for Hate Studies honors [Twitter Gonzaga News Service]

Gonzaga News Service (Twitter), October 29, 2020

@GonzagaU Institute for Hate Studies honors Lesile McAuley, the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Manojprabhakaran Thirupal, and Christopher Combs with 2020 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards : https://bit.ly/34cte0y

Reference : Gonzaga News Servcie [@GonzagaUNews] (October 29, 2020). Institute for Hate Studies honors [Twitter]. Access Online

DPLS Students Earn Eva Lassman Student Research Award

Gonzaga News Service, October 19, 2020

Eva Lassman is a hero. She was not only a survivor of the Holocaust, but also an unyielding advocate for educating people about the genocide of 6 million Jews and 5 million people of other nationalities, religions and viewpoints under Nazi Germany during World War II. She was a member of the Spokane community, where she was a wife, mother, and holocaust educator. Her inspirational story is continued in many ways, including several awards in her honor that are given by the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies.

Reference : Gonzaga News Service. DPLS Students Earn Eva Lassman Student Research Award. Gonzaga University.  Access Online

 

Business beat

The Spokesman- Review, November 8, 2020 

The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies has awarded its 2020 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards. Leslie McAuley was recognized with the individual award. McAuley earned a master’s degree in theology at Whitworth University and has served for 24 years in a federal agency. 

Reference: Baker, R. (2020, November 8). Business beat. The Spokesman-Review. Access Online

FBI, Spokane police investigating racist 'Zoom-bomb' attack on Gonzaga's Black Student Union

King 5 News, November 8, 2020

 A petition signed by more than 5,000 people also demands that Gonzaga conduct an "exhaustive search to find the individuals responsible for the hate crime.

Reference‌Carrol, M. (2020, November 8). FBI, Spokane police investigating racist “Zoom-bomb” attack on Gonzaga’s Black student Union. King5.com.  Access Online

Gonzaga Student Research Award highlights social justice advocate 

Gonzaga Bulletin, February 28, 2020.               

She may have never attended Gonzaga University, but the way Eva Lassman lived her life holistically embodied the message GU strives to instill within every one of its students. Lassman was captured by Nazi soldiers in 1942, during the Holocaust. She survived and moved to Spokane in 1949 to put those experiences behind and start life anew. 

ReferenceAli, A. (2020, February 28). Gonzaga student research award highlights social justice advocate. The Gonzaga BulletinAccess Online

Sixth International Conference on Hate Studies

Humanities and Social Sciences Online. December 1, 2020

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, political divisiveness, racial inequity, and climate injustice, the importance of understanding how the processes of dehumanization and othering harm communities and the world in which we live is as critical as ever. 

Reference‌Mohr, J. (2020, December 21). Sixth international conference on Hate Studies. H-Genocide- H-Net. Org, Humanities and Social Sciences Online.  Access Online

Inland Northwest resources to help you fight racism

KXLY. June 2, 2020

SPOKANE, Wash. — With so much going on across America and here in the Inland Northwest, you may be wondering how you can help fight racism. Leaders and activists at Spokane’s Carl Maxey Center offered recommendations and resources for how you can make a difference.

Reference‌Robinson, E. (2020, June 2). Inland Northwest resources to help you fight racism. KXLY.  Access Online

Holocaust exhibit comes to Spokane.

Spokane FAVS, March 12, 2020 

Gonzaga University’s Foley Library will be hosting the “Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries” from March 19 to April 27. The exhibit examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 40s.

ReferenceKincanon, M. (2020, March 12). Holocaust exhibit comes to Spokane. SpokaneFāVSAccess Online

Community invites students staying at Gonzaga for Thanksgiving

The Gonzaga Bulletin, November 20, 2019

The end of November usually means going home and eating a considerable amount of food in the presence of friends and family.

ReferenceSkokan, T. (2019, November 20). Community invites students staying at Gonzaga for Thanksgiving. The Gonzaga BulletinAccess Online

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest.

Associated Press News, May 26, 2019

SPOKANE — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations’ Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.

Reference: ‌Geranios. N. (2019, May 26). Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest. Associated Press News.  Access Online

Inland Journal, April 4, 2019: Gonzaga Hate Studies Conference

Spokane Public Radio, April 4, 2019

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we spend a few moments at the Fifth International Conference on Hate Studies, held this week at Gonzaga University.

Reference: Nadvornick, D. (2019, April 4). Inland Journal, April 4, 2019: Gonzaga Hate Studies Conference. Www.Spokanepublicradio.orgAccess Online

Gonzaga hosting hate studies conference Tuesday through Thursday

The Spokesman- Review, April 1, 2019

Gonzaga University is hosting its fifth conference on the study of hate. Billed as “one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities,” the conference will run Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon in Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center.

Reference‌‌Sokol, C. (2019, April 1). Gonzaga hosting hate studies conference Tuesday through Thursday The Spokesman-ReviewAccess Online

Mary/Maryam: A Woman of Two Traditions – Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM

Saint Ann Catholic- Spokane, March 22, 2019

St. Ann’s Father Patrick Baraza is one of the speakers at this interesting interfaith talk being held on Wednesday, April 10, 7pm, Room 143 – Randall Classroom @ Gonzaga University Law School.

ReferenceSatancommunityblog (2019, March 22). Mary/Maryam: A Woman of Two Traditions – Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM. Saint Ann Catholic- Spokane.  Access Online

As Hate Crimes Rise, Gonzaga Convenes International Hate Studies Conference April 2-4

 

Gonzaga News Service, March 13, 2019

‘Building Peace through Dialogue, Kindness, and Forgiveness’ 

SPOKANE, Wash. — With the FBI reporting a 17-percent spike in the number of U.S. hate crime incidents in 2017 compared with 2016, rising for the third consecutive year, the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies will convene experts worldwide at the 5th International Conference on Hate Studies April 2-4 at the Hemmingson Center.

ReferenceGonzaga News Service. (2019, March 13). As Hate Crimes Rise Gonzaga Convenes International Conference April 2, 2019. Gonzaga University.  Access Online

Hundreds gather at Spokane temple to remember victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack

The Spokesman- Review, October 30, 2018

Hundreds of community members gathered Tuesday evening at Temple Beth Shalom on the South Hill for a candlelight vigil honoring victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue attack in Pittsburgh.

Reference: ‌Edelen, A. (2018, October 30). Hundreds gather at Spokane temple to remember victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack. The Spokesman-ReviewAccess Online

Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies celebrates 20 years of research and education

The Gonzaga Bulletin, October 10, 2018 

A quite yet dependable force on campus, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies (GIHS), is especially visible during World Peace Flag Ceremony, an event it helps organizes annually. However, behind the scenes, GIHS has been studying hate for years. 

Reference: Denman, A. (2018, October 10). Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies celebrates 20 years of research and education. The Gonzaga Bulletin.  Access Online

Jennifer Schweppe Presented Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Award

‌University of Limerick, June 26, 2018

Jennifer Schweppe of the School of Law and co-Director of the International Network for Hate Studies (INHS) was presented with the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Award by the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies at Gonzaga University, Washington on Friday 20th October. Jennifer accepted the award with her colleague Dr Mark Walters of the University of Sussex on behalf of the International Network for Hate Studies.

Reference: ‌University of Limerick, School of Law. (2018, June 26). Jennifer Schweppe presented Eva Lassman take action against hate award by Gonzaga University. University of LimerickAccess Online

Letter to the Editor: In the face of hate, it is essential to be #SpoKind

 

The Gonzaga Bulletin, March 8, 2018

 

We cannot keep silent in the face of hate. What we need to do each, and every day is to engage in democratic and peaceful strategies that support the ideals of liberty and justice for all. Our country and our world are filled with great cultures that have varied rich histories that collectively create a greater good. 

 

ReferenceHoover, K. (2018, March, 8). Letter to the Editor: In the face of hate, it is essential to be #SpoKind. The Gonzaga BulletinAccess Online

Hate Studies Conference to bring 50 global presenters to campus

The Gonzaga Bulletin, October 18, 2017

Communities for Justice will be hosting its 4th International Conference on Hate Studies from Oct. 19-21 in the Hemmingson, Jundt and Crosby Centers.

ReferenceKincano, M. (2017, October 18). Hate studies conference to bring 50 global presenters to campus. The Gonzaga Bulletin.  Access Online

20 years ago, Gonzaga took up the study of hate

The Spokesman- Review, October 18, 2017   

Hate speech and hate crimes were on the rise.  Groups proclaiming the supremacy of the white race marched through communities resistant to their beliefs. Minorities on campus received threatening letters and phone calls. Racist graffiti was scrawled on homes and religious institutions.                                                                                                                                                           

Reference: ‌Camden, Jim. (2021, October 18). 20 years ago, Gonzaga took up the study of hate. The Spokesman-ReviewAccess Online

Idaho’s only black legislator, Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb: ‘I’m a zealot for equity’

The Spokane- Review, October 20, 2017

Cherie Buckner-Webb isn’t just Idaho’s only African-American state legislator – she’s the first and only.  When she goes to events in other states, “I say I live in Boise, Idaho, and I don’t know who’s more alarmed – black folks or white folks,” the senator, a Democratic, said with a laugh. “It doesn’t bother me, but it’s my goal to change it.”

Reference: ‌Russell, B. (2017, October 20). Idaho’s only black legislator, Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb: ‘I’m a zealot for equity’. The Spokesman-Review.  Access Online

A Montana rabbi met hate in Whitefish and found community support

The Spokane- Review, October 18, 2017

After two summer vacations in Whitefish, Montana, Francine Roston and her family became so enamored with the remote mountain town that they decided to make it their permanent home. They moved from New Jersey in 2014, and Roston, a longtime conservative rabbi, set about working to unite the small Jewish communities of Montana’s Flathead Valley.

Reference: ‌Sokol, C. (2017, October 18). A Montana rabbi met hate in Whitefish and found community support. The Spokesman-Review.  Access Online

World Peace Flag Ceremony calls for peace to prevail

 The Gonzaga Bulletin, September 27, 2017

May peace prevail" were the words attendees repeated the night of the United Nation's International Day of Peace, in the Hemmingson Center. On Sept. 21 students one by one added a flag to the spiral during the World Peace Flag Ceremony, hosted by Communities for Justice, Pax Christi and One Peace, Many Paths.

Reference: Kincanon, M. (2017, September 27). World Peace Flag Ceremony calls for peace to prevail. The Gonzaga BulletinAccess Online

Eva Lassman, Holocaust survivor, dies in Spokane

The Spokane- Review, February 10, 2011

Eva Lassman, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who spent the latter years of her life speaking out against hatred and bigotry in the Inland Northwest, died on Wednesday evening at Deaconess Medical Center. She was 91. She came to Spokane in 1949 with her late husband, Walter “Wolf” Lassman, also a Holocaust survivor.

Reference: Prager, M. (2011, February 10). Eva Lassman, Holocaust survivor, dies in Spokane. The Spokesman-ReviewAccess Online

Gonzaga Studies Hate

National Association of Scholars, January 07, 2010

Hate Studies?  That’s the “study of hatred,” mind you, not the “hatred of studies” which is a different kind of affliction.  I hadn’t heard of this novel field of inquiry until a perplexed reporter asked me about the NAS take on it.  I confessed my unfamiliarity, and he referred me to a new program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, where the Institute for Action Against Hate had begun offering courses in the Spring of 2009.  I accessed the Institute’s web site, which provides this description:

Reference: Ricketts, G. (2010, January 7). Gonzaga Studies Hate by Glenn RickettsWww.Nas.org.  Access Online

Institute for Hate Studies

Schoolandcollegelistings.com, n.d.

The Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies advances the interdisciplinary field of Hate Studies and disseminates new theories, models, and discoveries about hate.

Reference: ‌School and College Listing. (n.d). Institute for Hate Studies. Www.Schoolandcollegelistings.com. Access Online

Institute honors Holocaust survivor and educator, Eva Lassman

The Fig Tree, n.d

For many years after surviving the Holocaust, the genocide of 6 million Jews and 5 million people of other nationalities, religions and viewpoints under Nazi Germany during World War II, Eva Lassman lived an ordinary life. She married, worked with her husband, Walter—Hebrew name Israel Zev—in his dry-cleaning business and worked at several women’s apparel stores in Spokane to help their three sons go to college.

Reference: ‌Fig Tree. (n.d). Institute honors Holocaust survivor and educator, Eva Lassman. Www.Thefigtree.org.  Access Online