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Understanding Organized Hate and What Works to Combat it Panel Discussion
October 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Human Rights Project and the Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation invite you to join us on Monday October 30 at 5:00pm at the Finberg House for a panel to discuss Understanding Organized Hate and What Works to Combat it featuring The Human Rights Project’s 2017 Rosenberg Internship winners: Katherine Hopper, Erin Gifford, Maies Hriesh, and Nicholas Bader, with special guest speaker……. Eric K. Ward
In the summer of 2017, The Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation and the Human Rights Project jointly supported four Bard students who interned with organizations dedicated to combating hatred. They each worked on a project directly countering hate, and helped their organization think through how it understands hatred, and how it gauges whether what it does is effective. One worked with PEN America to create a guide for journalists and writers who are subjected to online threats, one worked with Political Research Associates on its exposes of white supremacists, one worked with the Connecticut Human Rights Commission to counter discrimination, and one worked with the Montana Human Rights Network on projects focusing on the far right, in the aftermath of a threatened, armed, neo-Nazi march targeting human rights activists and members of the Jewish community.They will be joined by Eric K. Ward, a life-long activist, researcher, writer, and former Program Officer for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice at the Ford Foundation, who just recently announced his new position as executive director of the Western States Center.Interested in understanding why people protesting to preserve a Robert E. Lee statue were carrying Nazi flags, and chanting “Jews will not replace us?” Curious about how different hatreds play out, and support each other, in contemporary America? Please join us.Information will also be available about next summer’s internship program. Students interested in working with anti-hate organizations, and examining how hatred works, and its different manifestations, are especially encouraged to attend.This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to stay for dinner immediately following the event, you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, October 26th.More about Eric K. Ward:
*************Justus Rosenberg is Professor Emeritus of Languages & Literature. The Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation works to combat – and to increase the serious study of – hatred and antisemitism. We emphasize projects that impact high school and college age students. We also help students engage difficult issues like the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and learn how strong passions may influence thinking. Our projects must be consistent with, and ideally should promote, academic freedom. jkrfoundation.orgThe Human Rights Project, founded at Bard in 1999, developed the first interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Human Rights in the United States. The Project maintains a special interest in freedom of expression and the public sphere, and through teaching, research, and public programs is committed to exploring the too-often neglected cultural, aesthetic, and representational dimensions of human rights discourse.This event is generously funded by the Academic Engagement Network