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Gonzaga hosting hate studies conference Tuesday through Thursday

Kristine Hoover, the director of Gonzaga University’s Institute for Hate Studies, poses for a photo at the university on Sept. 11, 2018. The institute is hosting its fifth conference on the study of hate this Tuesday through Thursday. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Kristine Hoover, the director of Gonzaga University’s Institute for Hate Studies, poses for a photo at the university on Sept. 11, 2018. The institute is hosting its fifth conference on the study of hate this Tuesday through Thursday. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

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.

Kristine Hoover, the director of Gonzaga’s Institute for Hate Studies, said this year’s conference will feature not only researchers and activists but also people who have been on the receiving end of hatred, including refugees from Bhutan and a local Japanese American who was sent to a U.S. internment camp during World War II.

“No matter what role you have, if you are frustrated by all the hate and divisiveness in today’s society, there will be something here for you,” Hoover said.

During a banquet starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, conference attendees will hear a keynote address by Kathleen Mahoney, a law professor at the University of Calgary. She served as chief negotiator for the Assembly of First Nations, securing a historic 2006 settlement over the Canadian government’s use of residential schools to strip indigenous people of their language and culture.

After the banquet, Gonzaga dance, music and theater students will stage a performance titled “A New Season: A Celebration of Artistry, Place and Potential” at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Magnuson Theatre.

The conference will also include workshops, panel discussions and screenings of documentaries, including “Injustice at Home: Looking Like the Enemy,” produced by the Spokane television station KSPS. Many sessions will run concurrently, so attendees won’t be able to attend every one.

Hoover said representatives from Gonzaga and CAIR, the Muslim civil rights organization, will hold a vigil at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hemmingson Center ballroom in response to the recent mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. That part of the conference will be free and open to the public, she said.

More information, including a full conference itinerary, can be found at gonzaga.edu/icohs. Tickets are free for students and volunteers. For other community members, the price is $25. Banquet and performance tickets can be purchased separately for $50.

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