A three-day event series, “Why We Hate and Why We Should Love,” will examine the roots of biases based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and other factors, February 26 to 28, 2019 as part of the No Hate at Hofstra campaign.
“People like to say ‘Love is the answer to life’s biggest problems,’ but the statement rings hollow when we don’t understand where hate comes from,” said Warren Frisina, dean of Hofstra University Honors College, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Department of Religion and the Hofstra student chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. “This three-part event does more than just pose provocative questions; it’s providing us with a chance to imagine new possibilities and develop new plans of action.”
A key highlight is an interdisciplinary panel featuring Jonathan Walton, author of Twelve Lies That Hold America Captive, which looks at cultural myths and misconceptions about America’s identity. Walton is a ministry director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s New York/New Jersey region, previously spent 10 years as director of the New York City Urban Project, and is known for his work fighting human trafficking. He will be joined by Hofstra University Professor of Religion John Teehan, Professor Emeritus of Management and Entrepreneurship Arthur B. Dobrin, and others.
The full schedule of events includes:
Tuesday, February 26, 6-7:30 pm: “Where I’m From” poetry workshop that will highlight the beauty of individuals’ differences in backgrounds and stories. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus.
Wednesday, February 27, 11:15 am-12:40 pm (Common Hour): “Why We Hate and Why We Should Love” interdisciplinary panel featuring author Jonathan Walton, as well as Professors John Teehan and Arthur Dobrin. Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Hall, South Campus
Thursday, February 28, 7-9 pm: “How Do We Love?” community leaders discussion that will explore how we can implement ideas that reduce barriers to better understanding among people. HofUSA, North Campus.