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Connections: Discussing the psychology and impact of hate and intolerance


According to several recent reports, hate crimes and violent incidents motivated by bigotry are on the rise. In November, the FBI released a report that showed hate crimes in the U.S. increased 17 percent in 2017, with anti-Semitic crimes spiking at 37 percent.

This hour, we have a conversation about the impact of hate and intolerance with local professors who have studied the subject. We discuss recent incidents of hate, lessons from history, and the psychology of stereotypes and intolerance. Our guests:

  • Nora Rubel, the Jane and Alan Batkin Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester
  • Laura Elenbaas, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester
  • Thomas Fleischman, assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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