Open Door Project

Responding to the Tree of Life Attack: Panel Discussion and Networking


December 3, 2018 -
2:00pm to 4:30pm


The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law invite you to a join us on December 3 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. in 2500 Posvar Hall for a joint event to address the Tree of Life attack and the systemic issues that contributed to it and other acts of violence against marginalized and targeted populations.

The program will begin with a one-hour panel discussion: “Reflections on the Tree of Life Synagogue Attack: A Panel of Scholars Discuss Anti-Semitism, Racism, Hate Crimes, and Organized Hate.” Panelists will include Dietrich School Dean and Distinguished Professor of Sociology Kathleen Blee, and School of Law Professors William Carter, Vivian Curran, and David Harris. The panel will be introduced by Pitt’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Pamela Connelly, who will also moderate a Q&A immediately following the panel.

The program will continue with a 90 minute “speed networking” session: “From Analysis to Action: Building Bridges, Championing Change,” facilitated by Dr. Erika Gold Kestenberg, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice Consultant. During this activity, participants will have an opportunity to network across a number of discussion groups focusing on Religion-related Hate/Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia; Racism/Racial Justice; Immigrant Rights; LGBTQIA+ Rights; and Combating Hate Groups. To maximize the ability to organize and collaborate, attendees are encouraged to bring information about organizations doing the work that others could get connected to, information about related programs, and details about partnership opportunities.

Please register for this event by Friday, November 30 by clicking this link.

Feel free to e-mail Carol Mullen with any questions.

Location and Address

2500 William Wesley Posvar Hall

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