Community members attend the 2019 International Conference on Hate Studies

International Conference on Hate Studies

Justice and Equity:
Challenging Hate and Inspiring Hope
November 4-6, 2021

The sixth international conference on hate studies is one of the leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems, and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities. The lessons learned and plans which emerge will help educators, researchers, advocates and others better analyze and combat hatred in its various manifestations to lead to communities being committed to peace, human rights, and justice.

Conference schedule:
Thursday: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
All events held virtually

Registration closes November 3 at 8:00 p.m. PDT. For assistance with registration or with the Whova conference app, please contact Danny Laesch.



Featured Speakers and Panelists

  • Kathleen Blee, Ph.D., 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’s Collaboratory Against Hate — Research and Action Center. 
  • Thomas Brudholm, Ph.D., 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.
  • Connie Chung Joe, J.D., chief executive officer of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles. 
  • Mengyao Li, senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute on Collective Goods focusing on the psychological processes of moral courage. 
  • Rachel Carroll Rivas, Sr. Research Analyst Lead at the Southern Poverty Law Center and rural human rights strategist, formerly with the Montana Human Rights Network.
  • Robert Sapolksy, Ph.D., professor of neurology and of neurosurgery at Stanford University and author of “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.”
  • Eric K. Ward, executive director of the Western States Center and a nationally recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy.

Co-Hosts and Sponsors

The conference is co-hosted by the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, The Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, and the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Rights.

  • Betty Lou Konell
  • Andrea Maitra- Konell and David Konell
  • Jim Mohr
  • Frontier Behavioral Health
  • Gonzaga Law School's Center for Civil & Human Rights 
  • Gonzaga Finance Department 
  • Gonzaga Foley Library 
  • Gonzaga Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Gonzaga School of Business 
  • Gonzaga School of Leadership Studies