Past Events




Approval of Gonzaga Core Integration Seminar: INDS 432 Why People Hate team-taught class with DICE, Office of Health Promotion, Center for Community Engagement and Foley Library. Community Partner: Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. (Approved Spring 2020, Planned offering three sections in Spring 2021)




Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit co-organized with Foley Library (March 17-April 27, 2020, postponed to 2022, Gonzaga Foley Library)

  • Opening reception and panel,
  • Yom Hashoa middle and high school essay and art competitions,
  • Inspiration from Holocaust Survivors,
  • Closing Panel on Hate: Documenting it, Understanding it, and Countering it




Productive Discomfort Pedagogy Workshop: Classroom Dynamics in the Rise of Hate Movements in partnership with EWU Commons (February 13, 2020, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)






Regional Research Retreat in the Field of Hate Studies and Social Justice with Eastern Washington University (November, 20, 2019, Gonzaga Cataldo Globe Room)




Humanities Washington Think and Drink Panel One Click Away: Hate and the Internet (October 16, 2019, Yakima, WA)




Humanities Washington Think and Drink Panel One Click Away: Hate and the Internet (October 8, 2019, Red Lantern, Spokane, WA)




Idaho The Other Choice (NAACP) presentation (October 5, 2019, Coeur d’Alene, ID)




Faith over Fear with Aneelah Afzalli of MAPS-AMEN and Rev. Terry Kyllo of Neighbors in Faith (October 2, 2019, Gonzaga Wolff Auditorium)




International Day of Peace with partner Ministry and Mission and One Peace Many Paths, Pax Christi USA, United Nations Association GU Student Chapter, Mission and Ministry (September 21, 2019, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)




Yom Hashoa Remembrance Middle and High School Essay and Art Competition with partners GU Law School and Never Again Spokane (April 15, 2019, Gonzaga Law School)





20th year Recognition of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies Founding (October) with Nadine Strossen of the NYU Law School on Hate: Why we should resist it with free speech not censorship and GU Panel in partnership with GU Mission and Ministry, Law School, DICE (October 12, 2018, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)




International Day of Peace with partner Ministry and Mission and One Peace Many Paths (September 21, 2018, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)




Hate Groups, Bias, and Action Steps: A Panel on Race and Ethnicity with Joan Braune from Gonzaga University, Tracy Simmons of Spokane FaVs, Fr. Colgan, and Nicole Herrera of Eastern Washington and partner St. Joe’s Parish (September 12, 2018, St. Joe’s Parish, Otis Orchards, WA)




Rapid Responses to Hate Gonzaga Strategic Planning Session (June 25, 2018, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)




Graduate class Contemporary Strategies to Counter Hate first offered (Summer 2018, MA in ORGL and DPLS programs)




International Network for Hate Studies Conference presentation (May 29-30, 2018, University of Ontario)




Forum on Anti-Semitism with Ken Stern partner Spokane County Task Force on Human Rights, Temple Beth Shalom, Congregation Emanu-El, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (April 13, 2018, Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA)




Activist and Advocate for the Abolition of the Death Penalty: An Interview and Reception with Sr. Helen Prejean with partner School of Leadership Studies Women Lead Conference (March 14, 2018, Gonzaga Jepson Center)




Rally for Welcome, Not Hate GU Mission and Ministry (March 8,2018, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)




Values in Action Trinity Institute Conference Faithful Responses to Hate sponsorship with Rick Mathers of SCAR Spokane Community Against Racism (February 3, 2018, Spokane, WA)




Teaching Tolerance Seminar with Kate Schuster of the Southern Poverty Law Center and partner Gonzaga Center for Community Engagement, (January 18, 2018 Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)






Library Resources for Hate Studies and Human Rights partnership between Gonzaga Foley Library and North Idaho College Molstead Library (2017 - Ongoing)




International Day of Peace with partner Gonzaga Ministry and Mission and One Peace Many Paths (September 21, 2017, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)




Global Unity Compassion Games with partner One Peace Many Paths and SNAP (September 13, 2017, Gonzaga Hemmingson Center)




Association for Leadership Educators presentation – Learning Servant Leadership and Identifying Community Engaged Strategies in Times of Divide by Maggie Douglas (GU student) and Kristine Hoover of Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies (July 11, 2017, Charleston, NC)




FUSE Spokane talk White Nationalism in the Neighborhood by Devin Burghart of Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights sponsorship (June 10, 2017, Gonzaga Jepson Center)




Souper Bowl with partner One Peace Many Paths (February 26, 2017)






Good Neighbors Conference Addressing Hate through Advocacy and Action with partners Spokane FaVs and Spokane Interfaith Council and 25 community organizations (December 3, 2016, Gonzaga Jepson Center)




Peace Across the Aisles t-shirt campaign in partnership with Gonzaga Student Development (November, 2016)




International Day of Peace and Solidarity Celebrations featuring David J. Smith of Peace and Justice Studies Association with partners Center for Global Engagement, Center for Professional Development, Gonzaga Choir, Whitworth University, One Peace Many Paths, and Spokane County Human Rights Task Force (September, 20-21, 2016, Gonzaga University)




Payne Center for Leadership Development presentation (2016, Gonzaga University)




Leadership Studies Student Research Symposium Speaker: Larry Spears on Hate and Servant Leadership (April, 1-2, 2016, Gonzaga Jepson Center)






Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Banquet and Awards (2013)




Pursuit of Justice Conference with Gonzaga University School of Law and the Washington State Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System (2013)



Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Banquet and Awards with Dr. Joseph Bock, Director of Global Health Training and Teaching Professor, Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame (2012)






The Journal of Hate Studies Symposium: Hate & Political Discourse (2012)



The Washington College of Law, American University Washington, DC (September 27, 2012)






Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Banquet and Awards (2011)






Dr. Tomaz Jardin, The American Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals: The Case of Mauthausen Concentration Camp sponsored with the History Department and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (2010)




Dave Pallone, Who’s Really on First: Respecting Yourself and Others sponsored with Athletics, Residence Life, GAB, and the Programming Board (2010)




Hate Studies in Business course begins; Why People Hate course held for a second time (Spring, 2010)






Two graduate student research grants awarded. (2009)




Hate Crimes on College Campuses Webinar with Unity House and Intercultural Relations (2009)




International Day of Tolerance in collaboration with Unity House (2009)




Take Action Against Hate Annual Banquet (2009)




Teaching about the Holocaust with partners Washginton State Holocaust Edcuation Resource Center, Spokane Community College, Insttitute for Extended Learning and East Valley Middle School (March 12-13, 2009)

  • Stories of a Holocaust Survivor: Pete Metzelaar
  • Stories Among Us: Witness to the Holocaust Exhibit
  • Teacher Seminar: Teaching About the Holocaust




Why People Hate: Interdisciplinary Perspectives course begins. Fills in 2 days. (Spring, 2009)




Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Panel Discussion (2008)






Nonie Darwish “Arabs for Israel” (2008)




Jane Elliot – “Eye of the Storm” (Brown Eyes-Blue Eyes Social Experiment) (2008)






Establishment of committee of GU faculty to create an interdisciplinary course on the study of hate, “Why People Hate: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” (2007)

  • Sociology (Marguerite Marin)
  • Psychology (Monica Bartlett)
  • Criminal Justice (Vic Gumbhir)
  • History (Robert Donnelly)
  • Business (Molly Pepper)
  • GIHS (Jerri Shepard, Jim Mohr, Ken Stern)




“Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings”, in conjunction with The Foley Library and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (March 10-May 5, 2007)




Smallest Witnesses: The Crisis in Darfur Through Children’s Eyes with partners GU Office of Student Activities and Human Rights Watch (2007)






“War and Reconciliation, and Human Rights” International Film Series (2006)

  • “Faces of the Enemy”
  • “Liberia: An Uncivil War”
  • “Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire”
  • “Long Nights Journey into Day”






“Confronting Hate: America’s Greatest Challenge” Popcorn Forum, in conjunction with North Idaho College (2002)




Voices of Tribal Neighbors: Beyond Myth and Misunderstadning. American Indian Symposium, in conjunction with the Northewest Museum of Art and Culture (2002)






Anne Frank Travelling Exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (April-May, 2000)






First Meeting of the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate






Offical Recognition of the Gonzaga Institute for Action Against Hate


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