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Gonzaga U. Institute for Hate Studies Seeks Nominations for Eva Lassman Awards

Posted on April 27, 2011 in: Academics, Alumni, Events, Faculty & Staff, Feature Stories, Service
Eva Lassman

Holocaust survivor Eva Lassman was an inspiration to thousands of students in the Inland Northwest by relating the atrocities she endured.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies is seeking nominations for its annual Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards, which were established in 2009 to honor an Inland Northwest individual and organization. In addition, the Institute seeks applications for its student research grants totaling $2,500.

An individual and an organization will receive the Eva Lassman Award at the Institute for Hate Studies banquet on Oct. 11 in recognition of their commitments to challenging hatred in our community, country and world. Last year’s recipient of the individual award was Raymond Reyes, Gonzaga University’s chief diversity officer and associate academic vice president (and interim director of Gonzaga’s Center for Global Engagement). The Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho earned the organizational award last year for its work challenging hate and educating the community about social justice.

These awards recognize people and organizations in the Inland Northwest (Eastern Washington and North Idaho) and are due by May 6. For an application or more information about the awards, visit the Institute’s website.

The award is named for the late Eva Lassman, a Holocaust survivor who resettled in Spokane after World War II and dedicated the rest of her adult life to what she viewed as an “obligation” of being a Holocaust survivor: Giving witness to the atrocities she endured. With a gracious and committed spirit, Lassman told her story to thousands of elementary, junior high, and high school students throughout the region. Lassman passed away earlier this year.

Institute for Hate Studies Offers $2,500 for Student Research
The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies also seeks nominations and applications for its Student Research Awards. The Institute offers two $1,000 grants to support graduate research in the emerging discipline of hate studies and one $500 grant to support undergraduate student research or creative projects dealing with hatred.

Topics may include the examination of hate in any of its manifestations, including but not limited to: racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, ethnoviolence, and terrorism; methods of challenging it; how hate is maintained and perpetrated through culture, organizations, policies, politics, media or other discourse. Any student enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at an accredited college or university in the United States may apply for these awards. The application deadline is May 20.

For more information and applications for the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards (individual and organization) visit the following website. For more information on the Student Research Awards, visit the following website. For more information about the Gonzaga University Institute of Hate Studies call (509) 313-3665 or visit its website.

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