BARD CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HATE will be hosting a series of webinars on hate with leading academics, experts, and activists from around the world.

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October 22, 2020 — 3pm — Lee Badgett, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will speak on her new and highly acclaimed book The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair And Equal Treatment Benefits Us All. Dr. Badgett is also a member of the team Bard economics professor Michael Martell is leading on a BCSH project to measure the economic cost of hate.

November 16, 2020 — 3pm —  James Waller, professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College (NH), will speak on the risk of mass violence in the aftermath the 2020 election.

December 2, 2020 — 3pm — “Hate images” with Aaron Tugendhaft, author of the new book The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet. What is the relationship between hate and iconography, not only evidenced in the destruction of many valuable historical items by ISIS, but also the contemporary debates about statues of Confederate soldiers, Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, and Winston Churchill? Tugendhaft, who teaches at Bard College Berlin, asks whether “there can be any political life without idolatry?”

Thursday January 28, 2021 – 3pm – Mark Hurtubise, a former college president and attorney, was president/CEO of Inland Northwest Community Foundation (2005-2017). During the last six months of his tenure with the foundation and for three years thereafter he vigorously objected to the foundation awarding grants to a white nationalist charity via a donor-advised fund. He will speak on the challenges of philanthropy funding hate groups.

February 18, 2021 — 3pm — Nadine Strossen, a professor at New York Law School, past president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and author of HATE: Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship, and Richard Wilson, professor of law and anthropology at the University of Connecticut and the author of Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes, will speak on  “Law and hateful speech — what is to be done?

March 4, 2021 — 3pm– Award-winning and best-selling author Philippe Sands will speak about his new (February 2021) book THE RATLINE: LOVE, LIES AND JUSTICE ON THE TRAIL OF A NAZI FUGITIVE, described as an “historical detective story that sets out to uncover the truth behind what happened to leading Nazi Otto von Wächter.” Sands says it’s “a deep and long lesson on how hate begin.”


September 15, 2020 — 3pm — Amy Spitalnick, the Executive Director of Integrity First For America,  spoke about the upcoming  trial of a lawsuit that “seeks to hold accountable the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other far-right extremists who conspired to orchestrate a weekend of violence in Charlottesville in August, 2017.” CLICK HERE to view.

September 2, 2020 — 3pm— Samuel Freedman, award-winning author, journalist, professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and author of a forthcoming biography of Hubert Humphrey focusing on the 1948 Democratic National Convention, will talk about the lessons learned from his research about hate and politics, and how they apply to the recently completed national conventions and the upcoming election. CLICK HERE to view.

July 23, 2020 —  Suzanne Nossel, the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, and the author of the forthcoming Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, will speak on “Hate and the Vilification of the Media.”  CLICK HERE to view.

June 30, 2020— Emmy-winning director Andrew Goldberg’s PBS film VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS was shown (because of copyright restrictions it is not archived but can be purchased here or here). A discussion with Mr. Goldberg about the film , which looks at current manifestations of antisemitism in the United States, England, Hungary and France, is here.

June 10, 2020  —  What the 1960s can teach us about today in the wake of the murder of George Floyd with Gregory Kaster, historian who taught a class on 1968 this past semester and Lewis Zuchman, an original Freedom Rider. CLICK HERE to view.

May 13, 2020  Robert Sapolsky, the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of biology, neurology and neurosurgery at Stanford University,  a research associate at the Institute for Primate Research in Kenya, and the author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, spoke on “Hate and the Brain.” CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

Friday April 17, 2020  Heidi Beirich, Co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism,  spoke on “Hate and Covid-19.” CLICK HERE to view.