Jennifer Schweppe of the School of Law and co-Director of the International Network for Hate Studies (INHS), was presented with the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Award by the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies at Gonzaga University, Washington on Friday 20th October. Jennifer accepted the award with her colleague Dr Mark Walters of the University of Sussex on behalf of the International Network for Hate Studies.
Initiated in 2009, the award is given by the Gonzaga Institute to an organization and an individual for contributions to better understanding and combating hate in its many manifestations. The award honours the life and memory of Holocaust survivor and educator Eva Lassman. The Gonzaga Institute was founded in 1997 and is described as an “enduring, and distinctive catalyst within academia toward greater knowledge of the human condition, the advancement of human dignity and human rights, and the hope of a just, inclusive public life.”
Jennifer co-founded the International Network for Hate Studies with Dr Mark Walters in 2013, and it is a cross-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary organisation that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about the study of hate and hate crime. Run by academics and practitioners, the Network seeks to not only promote understanding about the root causes of hate and hate crime, but to understand ways in which it can be combated in society.
In presenting the award and recognising the work of the INHS, Kristine Hoover, Director of the Gonzaga Institute stated: “Hate has no borders, and with the proliferation of online sources and resources, its study needs a multidisciplinary and international focus as well as one which examines local and jurisdictionally specific causes and responses.”
Accepting the award, Jennifer said:
“I am both honoured and humbled to receive this award on behalf of the International Network for Hate Studies. The philosophy underlying the Network is to break down disciplinary and practice silos in an effort to challenge and combat hate in partnership globally. We work with our Advisory Board which comprises of academics, practitioners, and policy makers across the globe to understand hate crime, as well as share practices across communities.”