From Microaggressions to Hate Speech: An Uncomfortable Conversation about Bias

From Microaggressions to Hate Speech: An Uncomfortable Conversation about Bias

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  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, 200, Humanities Center

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




In the wake of the horrific events of the past week – the shooting of two black men at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky, the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that took 11 lives and wounded six, and the 14 targeted pipe bombs – it is important for all of us to take a personal inventory of our own biases and examine ways in which we all can improve our discourse.

Often, the most insidious forms of bias and prejudice remain outside the level of conscious awareness. Every marginalized group in society can be a target of this prejudice: people of color, LGBTQ persons, those with disabilities, women, Jews, Muslims, undocumented persons, immigrants. This conversation is about the process of recognizing and taking responsibility for harmful attitudes, speech and actions that create a climate where hatred and violence are possible.

We will attempt an “uncomfortable conversation”: we will be conversing on matters that may cause discomfort, but with the recognition that we are all fallible, that we are all learning, and toward the hope that we can create a more inclusive, just world, and honor the victims of hate crimes and terrorism.

Discussion facilitated by Rabbi Shai Cherry, PhD, and Susie Paulik Babka, PhD, of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center and Theology and Religious Studies.

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