ITHACA, N.Y. — A panel of local experts will tackle the topic of hate on Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, Temple Beth-El and IDEAS at Ithaca College, will analyze “threats to civil, human and constitutional rights and constructive responses to create a just community,” a news release says.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The event was organized in response to a series of disturbing events in recent months, a news release said, including the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the killing of two African Americans at a Kroger’s Market in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, by a white man who tried to enter a black church just before the shooting, the mailing of 14 pipe bombs to political leaders and supporters of the Democratic party, and backlash against the LGBTQIA community.

“All of these matters constitute threats to civil, constitutional and human rights,” a news release said. The following topics will be discussed by community and academic leaders including:

  • Anti-Semitism: Rabbi Scott Glass, Temple Beth-El
  • Islamophobia: Mahmud Burton, President, Al-Huda Islamic Center
  • Racism: Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Change (IDEAS)
  • Homophobia: Anne Koreman, Tompkins County Legislature
  • Political Violence: Prof. Jamila Michener, Government, Cornell

Each panelist will discuss their topic for 10 minutes and provide analysis and suggest ways to “constructively mitigate against the climate that gives rise to such actions.” There will also be time for questions and answers after each panelist has spoken.

Kelsey O'Connor

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