Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil

2017-2018 Colloquium Series
Sept. 8, 2017–April 19, 2018

UC Irvine School of Law

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The Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy’s 2017-18 Colloquium Series Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil will launch on Friday, September 8, 2017 with a special event: Charlottesville: A Defining Moment in America, A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. In this series we will focus on how government’s complicity with hate, violence, and law can harm vulnerable people and undermine humanity.

This year, the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy will host conversations that explore the rise in hate speech and hate crimes in the United States. This academic year marks important milestones for these conversations, starting with the notorious 1927 United States Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which officially and legally launched the horrific practice of eugenics in the United States. Although eugenics was implemented in some states for as many as 20 years by that time, this shocking Supreme Court decision legalized the practice, opening the door for tens of thousands of poor Americans to be forcibly sterilized. Twenty years later, the trial of Nazi doctors who performed horrific atrocities on innocent people, leading to sterilizations, deaths, and the maiming of children, women, and men, began in Nuremberg.  Indeed, one line of defense used in the trials was that the doctors who participated in eugenics sterilizations did nothing different than what was occurring in the United States.

The 2017-18 academic year also marks the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death, exposing the frequently overlooked acts of domestic terrorism and racial backlash to civil rights.  We hope you will join us.

This 10-month colloquium series builds from our previous university and community based conversations that covered topics such as the modern U.S. family, women in politics, race and mental health, same sex families that sparked lively, important exchange.  

Please RSVP for each event below. Seating is limited and lunch is provided (with the exception of the Barclay event on September 8th).

Series Schedule

  • Charlottesville: A Defining Moment in America, A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.

    Friday, September 8, 2017
    12:00-1:30 p.m.
    Irvine Barclay Theatre
    The event is currently at capacity. Register on the Waitlist
    Featuring:

    • Dr. Rabbi Hillel Cohn, founding chairperson of the City of San Bernardino Human Relations Commission, board member of The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino, Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, and The Brightest Star. 
    • T. Mychael Rambo, Actor, Orator, Activist
    • Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of Law University of California, Irvine School of Law

  • Hate Crimes: Origins and Meanings in The Era of Political Divide

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
    12:05-1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

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    Featuring: Dr. Phyllis Gerstenfeld, Professor and Chair, Criminal Justice, CSU Stanislaus

  • Inside The Hateful Mind

    Thursday, October 19, 2017
    12:05-1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

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    Featuring:
    • Dr. George Woods, former President, International Academy of Law and Mental Health
    • Jonathan Odell, Author, The Healing and Miss Hazel & The Rosa Parks League

  • Women and Hate: Lynchings, Hate Groups, & Emmett Till

    Thursday, November 16, 2017
    12:05-1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

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    Featuring: Courtney R. Baker, Associate Professor American Studies, Black Studies Initiative, Occidental College

  • Nature vs. Nurture: Children, Violence, and Hate

    Thursday, January 18, 2018
    12:05-1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

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    Featuring:
    • Professor Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior & Nursing Science, University of California, Irvine
    • Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman, Expert on Children, Trauma, and Behavior

  • Hate Crimes and the LBGTQ Community

    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    12:05-1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

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    Featuring: Valerie Jenness, Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine

  • Domestic Terrorism and Hate

    Thursday, March 15, 2018
    12:05-1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

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    Featuring:
    • Professor Jody Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, University of Southern California
    • Alfred Brophy, J.D., Ph.D., D. Paul Jones Chairholder in Law, University of Alabama School of Law

  • The Rise of Mainstream Hate

    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    12:05-1:15 p.m.
    LAW 3500

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    Featuring: Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor, University of California, Irvine