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Fighting Hate Speech: Global Perspectives

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Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Microsoft Teams
Date Thu, Jun 16, 8:00am - 9:00am
Duration   1h

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), jointly with the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and the United Nations Outreach Programme on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery, and the Outreach Programme on the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, to mark the first International Day for Countering Hate Speech, is organizing a virtual event to recognize the significant role of higher education and academics, in the global efforts to promote human dignity and inclusion in times when dissemination of hatred is alarming and rising. Please see below the details of this event:


Date: Thursday, 16 June, 2022

Time: 9am - 10:30am EDT (New York time)

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Please note that no certificate of attendance or participation will be provided

Objective: This event will highlight the activities in terms of teaching, research, and community engagement that are carried out in universities and colleges to counter hate speech on campus and beyond, and the contribution of the work of institutions of higher education to create awareness and change policies in this regard. Moreover, and through the opinion of experts in the field with roles in international organizations, we will share ideas on how to reinforce the role of academia to address the challenges derived from hate speech.


  • Ms. Jayashri Wyatt, Chief of the Education Outreach Section at the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Global Communications


  • Ms. Alice Nderitu, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Dr. Caitlin Ring Carlson, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication of Seattle University (United States) and Author of the book "Hate Speech" [2021, MIT Press Essential Knowledge series]
  • Dr. Apryl A. Williams, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media and an affiliate of the Digital Studies Institute, University of Michigan (United States), and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University (United States)
  • Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Deputy Director of the Essex Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Dr. Tarlach McGonagle, Professor of Media Law and Information Society at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and Co-Rapporteur of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech
  • Dr. Iginio Gagliardone, Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Co-Author of the UNESCO Study 'Countering Online Hate Speech'


About the discussion series:

Beyond the long shadow: engaging with difficult histories is a live discussion series organized by the United Nations Department of Global Communications. The series is organized by the Outreach Programme on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, and the Outreach Programme on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the United Nations. The aim of the collaborative series is to develop a deeper understanding of the legacies of these painful histories – and through examining the past, consider how best to build a world that is just, where all can live in dignity and peace.

To learn more about the issues and the work the United Nations is doing to counter hate speech, visit Hate Speech | United Nations.

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