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A More Perfect Union: Bristol Stands Against Hate

An academic colloquium on understanding

The U.S. Department of Justice most recently reported a disturbing 17 percent rise in hate crimes. The country is also experiencing sharp polarization resulting in a divided nation. These trends are both an ominous backwards turn and an opening for a dark future for the United States and indeed the world. Bristol’s response is a year-long multidisciplinary colloquium aimed at raising awareness of how hatred can fracture all aspects of democracy and the common good.


Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Atrocity
Presented by James Waller, history professor and author
Thursday, September 26, 12:30 p.m. | Jackson Arts Center, H 209

Mass atrocities happen because individual humans choose to kill other individual humans in large numbers and over an extended period. Who are the killers on the frontlines of genocide and how do they come to do such extraordinary evil?

Drawing from over two decades of archival study of Holocaust perpetrators and face-to-face interviews with over 225 rank-and-file perpetrators from Latin America, the former Yugoslavia, Africa, and Northern Ireland, Historian Dr. James Waller will focus on the ordinary origins of these killers and the processes by which they become capable of such atrocities. Understanding these processes can be vital to resolving current conflicts as well as preventing the future occurrence of genocide and mass atrocity.

Other People: A Film About Unpacking Assumptions
Presented by Aisha Sultan, producer and columnist | Short film, panel discussion

Spotting Misinformation 101
Presented by Emily Brown and Susan Souza-Mort, research librarians | Workshop

Microaggressions in the Classroom: A Forum Theatre Piece
Presented by David Ledoux, Theatre Program director | Interactive performance

Science in Peril Lecture

Poetry Performance Culminating Event

For access to any of these events, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 774.357.2955 or

Farah Habib 774.357.2147 |