Public Programs



We look forward to the day we can again hold in-person public forums on the Bard campus, coordinate meetings between students and faculty and speakers over dinner, and otherwise capture the magic of in-person events. In the meantime, we’re taking advantage of the fact that many experts, academics and activists who have something important to share about hate, are only as far away as their internet connection.


All programs will be held at 6:00 PM in RKC 103 – Bito ‘60 Auditorium

TBA — Maggie Paxson, an anthropologist and author, will speak about her recent book THE PLATEAU, which chronicles an area in France that harbored Jews during the Second World War and welcomes refugees today. Co-Sponsored by Anthropology, Center for Civic Engagement, French Studies, Hannah Arendt Center, Jewish Studies, Sociology.


Past Events

March 5, 2020 — Anna Rosmus, an author and researcher whose high school essay exposed the Nazi past of her home town,  spoke about her research and experiences, the importance of historical truth, and the challenges of being labeled a traitor, following the showing of “The Nasty Girl,” a film based on Anna’s life. Co-sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement, German Studies, Hannah Arendt Center, Historical Studies, Political Studies.

February 27, 2020 — Charlene Teters, who received death threats for trying to retire racist sports team mascots at the University of Illinois, spoke following the showing of the award-winning PBS documentary about her—In Whose Honor? Co-Sponsored by American Studies, Anthropology, Center for Civic Engagement, Hannah Arendt Center, Sociology. View program (before and after film) click here.

February 6, 2020 – 4:30 PM — Barringer Rear Global Classroom — Cathy Buerger, an anthropologist at the Dangerous Speech Project, on “Beyond Hate: Dangerous Speech and How to Counter It.” Co-sponsored by Anthropology, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Hannah Arendt Center and Political Studies. (This event will also feature presentations from Olivia Donohue, Katrina Gonzales, Miranda Kerrigan and Sabrina Slipchenko about their BCSH summer internships working with NGOs opposing hate, and information about applying for 2020 internships.)

November 14, 2019 — 5pm — RKC 103 – Bito ‘60 Auditorium — Matt Taibbi ’92, Bard alum and author of Hate Inc.: How, and Why, the Media Makes Us Despise One Another, Co-sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement, Hannah Arendt Center, Office of Alumni/ae Affairs, Political Studies, Sociology. View program here.

October 23, 2019 — 6pm — RKC 103 – Bito ‘60 Auditorium — Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of The Coddling of The American Mind and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” on “The three bad ideas that are weakening Gen Z (one of which fosters hate).” Co-sponsored by Brain Mind and Behavior, the Center for Civic Engagement, Hannah Arendt Center, Political Studies, Psychology Department, Religious Studies, Sociology.

October 21, 2019 — 5pm — Olin 102 — Marc Weitzmann, author of The Rising Tide of Antisemitism in France, speaking on: “French Cradle of the Global Hate: From Islamist Rage to Steven Bannon and Brenton Tarrant.” Co-sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement, Hannah Arendt Center, French Studies, Jewish Studies, Political Studies. View program here.

September 26, 2019 — 5pm — Olin 102 — Dr. Richard Friedman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Contributing Op-Ed writer for NYT, on “The Neuroscience and Psychology of Hatred and Tribalism in America—and What to Do About It.” Co-sponsored by American Studies, Center for Civic Engagement, Hannah Arendt Center, Political Studies, Psychology Department. View program here.

May 16, 2019 — Senior Project Colloquium, featuring senior project talks by Michael Bodnar, Deldar Golchehreh, Madison Kahn, Mady Thuyein and Olivia Donahue, followed by a talk by Peter Filkins — Haß ist kein Programm’ (Hate is no Way to Go About Life) — H.G. Adler’s Historical Empathy.

February 13, 2019 Initial BCSH meeting with students about internships, senior project support, other hate-related student initiatives. 5:00pm, George Ball Room at Student Center. Details here.

February 12, 2019  Charlene Teters, who received death threats for trying to retire racist sports team mascots, and award-winning filmmaker Jay Rosenstein, who is still facing threats for making a film about Charlene, will speak at following the showing of his PBS documentary about her—In Whose Honor?. Olin 102, 5:30-8:30pm. Further details here.

October 25, 2018 Keene State College professor James Waller, a social psychologist and leading expert on genocide, spoke about “Hate and Otherizing: The Psychology of Perpetrator Behavior.” He was joined by Artun Ak and Britt Shacham, 2018 participants in the Hate Studies summer internships.


Public Presentations by BCSH Director Kenneth Stern


Upcoming Presentations

October 22-24, 2020 14th biennial Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, plenary speech on Antisemitism


Past Presentations

January 29, 2020 Bard College Lifetime Learning Institute — The Bard Center for the Study of Hate

January 23, 2020, 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “The human capacity to hate and demonize others: Resources to align research, teaching and student formation,” jointly with Kristine Hoover, director Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies

November 7, 2019 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill — Countering Hate

October 17, 2019 University of Delaware — Understanding Right-Wing Antisemitism Through a Hate Studies Lens.

October 3, 2019 University of North Carolina Asheville — Antisemitism through a Hate Studies Lens.

August 7, 2019 Central Conference of American Rabbis (webinar) — Old Fears, New Fears: How to Discuss Today’s Antisemitism

June 18, 2019 Jewish Lawyers Guild –Antisemitism and How to Combat It, NYC

May 5, 2019 Yom HaShoah Commemoration, Buffalo, New York.

May 2, 2019 Yom Hashoah Commemoration for Dutchess County — talk on antisemitism, Dutchess County Community College, 6:30pm

April 2-4, 2019 International Conference on Hate Studies (Spokane, Washington) Presentations:

1) Creating Syllabi and Course Content on Hate

2) Stories of Courage: Examples of People Who Stood Up to Hate

3) How to Create a Hate Studies Center

January 24, 2019 #WeRemember — Twitter and World Jewish Congress commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  (Twitter headquarters, New York City).

December 14, 2018 “Understanding Antisemitism,” West End Temple, Neponsit, NY.

December 3, 2018 Human Rights Program, Hunter College: Free Speech – Hate Speech.

November 30, 2018 Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, New York: Understanding Anti-Semitism: Ken Stern in Conversation with Rabbi Rachel Timoner.

November 28, 2018 Yale Law School: Should Congress adopt a specific definition of anti-Semitism for application to the campus?

November 5, 2018 WZO-AZM Symposium: Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: Challenges on the American Campus Today.

November 2, 2018 “Genocide Denial and Its Consequences: The Holocaust” at the Fifth International Conference on Genocide at Sacramento State.

October 15, 2018 “Anti-Semitism in America: Past vs. Present” Congregation Beth Israel and Williams College, North Adams, Massachusetts.