SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies has published Volume 8 of its annual “Journal of Hate Studies,” a collection of peer-reviewed articles, interviews, and film reviews organized around the theme of “The Other Among Us,” and a preface by new Institute Director John Shuford.
On the first page of the Journal, the Institute lays out its purpose: “To promote the sharing of interdisciplinary ideas and research relating to the study of what hate is, where it comes from, and how to combat it.”
The theme is timely, Shuford notes in the preface, as nativism, racism, and extremism boil over in America’s immigration debate. This Journal considers those issues as well as a wider range of perspectives on engagement and disengagement with “the other” in our society, culture, and lives.
Imbedded in this volume’s theme are myriad questions, Shuford notes, including “Who is the ‘other’ among us, and what does it mean to be an ‘other’ or to be ‘othered’? Why does the ‘other’ become so, and how exactly does ‘othering’ unfold and play out? What is the distance between what we owe and how we treat the ‘other’ among us? What, if we can receive the message, does the ‘other’ have to say — or offer — to us?”
Among the most powerful explorations of these questions in contemporary popular culture comes from Alfonso Cuaŕon’s film “Children of Men” (2006). The film, based on P.D. James’ 1992 novel, portrays a world in which humanity has resigned its highest ideals, lost its sense of meaning, and all but given up hope. The film is set in the United Kingdom circa 2027 amid economic collapse, environmental devastation, and global conflict.
Joanie Eppinga, editor of the Journal submitted, “Forgiveness: The Key to Self-healing — An Interview with Eva Mozes-Kor.” Gonzaga faculty member Jerri Shepard, a member of the Journal’s board of advisors and an associate professor of education, conducted an interview with Carl Wilkins called: “Last Man Standing: The American Who Stayed During the Rwandan Genocide.” Jan Polek, community representative for the Institute, penned the film review: “The Changing Face of England: Marc Isaacs’ ‘All White in Barking.’ ”
To order a copy of the Journal, please send your name, mailing address, and check to: Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, Gonzaga University, AD Box 43, Spokane, WA 99258. The individual annual subscription rate is $25. Previous volumes of the Journal are also available.