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Connections: Discussing the psychology and impact of hate and intolerance

Dec 20, 2018

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