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Gonzaga U. Journal of Hate Studies, American University College of Law Co-Host D.C. Symposium Sept. 27

John Shuford

John Shuford, director of the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies

‘Hate and Political Discourse’: The Journal of Hate Studies, Volume 10

SPOKANE, Wash. – John Shuford, director of the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, and Robert L. Tsai (pronounced “Sigh”), professor at the American University Washington College of Law, will co-host a special symposium from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. The symposium topic is “Hate and Political Discourse.”

The symposium’s keynote speaker is Mari Matsuda (pronounced “MAHR-ee mot-SOO-duh”), law professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Matsuda, considered one of the most influential legal scholars and teachers of her generation and a pioneering voice on hate speech, will discuss the topic, “Is Peacemaking Un-American? On Violence and Ideology.”

Mari Matsuda is considered one of the most influential legal scholars and teachers of her generation and is a pioneering voice on hate speech.

“Mari Matsuda’s scholarship and teaching is at the core of widespread changes in law schools, higher education, and society on diversity, race relations, social justice, and peace education,” said Tsai. “Everybody in the legal academy knows who Professor Matsuda is, judges and courts frequently quote her work, and Matsuda has had wide influence in the humanities and social sciences, too.”

Judge Richard Posner, of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, once identified Matsuda as among the law scholars most likely to have a lasting influence. Ms. Magazine identified Matsuda as one of the 100 most influential Asian-Americans, and a Yale Law School library study revealed that several of her scholarly writings have been in the Top 10 most frequently cited law review articles for the years in which they were published.

Tsai and Shuford will also moderate two faculty workshops involving the seven other symposium presenters. “We have people crossing the Pacific and the Atlantic to be in Washington, D.C. for a single day during election season,” Shuford said. “They’re coming from islands as far apart as Ireland and O’ahu to talk with colleagues and the public about some of the most vitally important matters that political communities face.”

“This is a big event for the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies and the Journal of Hate Studies,” Shuford said. The symposium kicks off the 15th anniversary of the Institute for Hate Studies and marks the 10th anniversary of the Journal. “This is the first time the Institute has collaborated with another university to organize an event. It’s especially exciting and important that we do so in Washington, during election season, on the topic of how hate may play a role in political discourse and vice versa.”

Professor Tsai served as the guest editor for The Journal of Hate Studies, Volume 10. “Hate and Political Discourse” is the theme of the forthcoming volume, and the symposium will feature scholarly talks given by the authors published in that volume. Shuford said he and Tsai collaborated closely over the past 15 months to develop Volume 10 and this symposium, which is sponsored by American University Washington College of Law. The Journal of Hate Studies is a publication of the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, and Shuford serves as the Journal’s managing editor.

Volume 10 of the Journal of Hate Studies is to be published before Election Day, Nov. 6. Webcasts of the symposium sessions will be available for on-demand viewing before Election Day, as well.

Major Conference at GU Law School April 18-20 (2013)

In a related event, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies will collaborate this spring with Gonzaga University School of Law and the Washington State Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System to sponsor the 3rd International Conference on Hate Studies and the 2nd Conference on Race and the Criminal Justice System. This joint event, set for April 18-20 (2013) at Gonzaga Law School, is titled, “The Pursuit of Justice: Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality.”

For more information, please contact John Shuford at (509) 313-3665 or via e-mail [hatestudies@gonzaga.edu] or visit http://gonzaga.edu/hatestudies or http://gonzaga.edu/pursuitofjustice. For day-of, on-site media requests, contact Megan Smith at (937) 243-3182 or via email.

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