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Join us for a discussion on hate crimes, with Dr. Barbara Perry, Dr. Catherine Richardson, Evan Balgord, and Mustafa Farooq.

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This event is hosted by the University of Toronto's Multi-Faith Centre and Hart House's Social Justice Committee. The format will be 1 hour of discussion with our speakers followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with attendees.

Dr. Barbara Perry is a professor of Criminology and Justice at Ontario Tech University, as well as the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. She has made contributions to academic research on subject matters such as policing diverse communities, islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia, and antisemitism. She has authored several books on these subjects, one of which being “The Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crimes,” which was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award in 2001. Her most recent book, “Right-Wing Extremism in Canada,” dives into the particularities and causes behind Canadian alt-right mobilization.

Dr. Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao is a Metis professor and the Director of First Peoples Studies at Concordia University. She is also a co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based practice, an approach and organization dedicated to violence prevention and recovery. Catherine is the author of several books including her most recent “Facing the mountain: Indigenous healing in the shadow of colonialism.” She was a co-principal investigator on the National Study of Structural Violence Against Youth in Canada and is currently the Quebec lead researcher for the Canadian Initiative on Domestic Homicide Prevention with Vulnerable Populations.

Evan Balgord is the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate network, a non-profit organization that investigates, exposes, and tracks hate groups across Canada. The goal of the organization is to stop hate and promote anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-hate ideologies. Evan is also an investigative journalist and was Vice President of the Canadian Association of Journalists. He is a fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs Fellowship in Global Journalism at the University of Toronto and is a non-academic affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.

Mustafa Farooq is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Canadian Muslims and a lawyer. His research specializes in the opposition of violent extremist policies in Canada. He has contributed to various policy and legislative initiatives during his time as a senior political staffer to a provincial cabinet minister in Canada. Moreover, he has published pieces in news media on the subject of Canadian Muslims, with a focus on human rights and civil liberties, Islamophobia, and issues pertaining to national security. Mustafa has a forthcoming book on his academic research: Law, Politics, and Countering Violent Extremism.

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