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Hate and Bias Crime Series: Winter 2010 Schedule

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What statutes and court decisions that authorize criminal penalties for crimes motivated by discrimination as well as laws requiring the collection of statistics or authorizing civil remedies for discriminatory crimes? What is the role of hate crime law in society? What kind of legal knowledge is produced by the judicial, administrative, and social labeling of disputed events as hate crimes?

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“The New Hate Crimes Law”

Bern Haggerty, PhD, Instructor Fairhaven College

Fairhaven College, January, 26th, 12:00-12:50


Bio: Bern Haggerty earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, with a Philosophy Minor, from Iowa State University, his J.D., cum laude, from Howard University School of Law, and his LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Utah College of Law. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Law at the University of British Columbia. His Dissertation is titled, Hate Crime Law & Social Contention: a Comparison of Non-Governmental Knowledge Practices in Canada & the United States, and is available online. Bern is a practicing lawyer, having served as a Law Clerk for the Chief Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court and as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. He currently serves as a Staff Attorney for the Lummi Victims of Crime Civil Legal Program. He also serves on the Washington State Bar Association’s Character and Fitness Board, which hears disputed applications for admission and reinstatement to the State Bar.


Co-hosts: American Democracy Project, Center for Law, Diversity & Justice, American Cultural Studies

Classes Involved: FAIR 319B Hate Crimes, FAIR 211B American Legal System; AMST 206 Jewish American Experience; AMST 242 LGBTQ Experience


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“A Public Sociology of Hate Crime”

Ryken Grattet, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis



  • PUBLIC LECTURE (PLSC 313 Law and Society) – Thurs Feb 4: 2-3:50 * Venue CHANGED: Fraser 3 *
  • Guest speaker Fair 319B Hate Crimes – Thurs Feb 4: 9-10:50, FX 312
  • Guest speaker Soc 363 Law & Social Stratification – Friday Feb 5: 10-11:20, AH 219

In this talk, I consider recent scholarship on hate crime law and what it tells us that policy-makers, practitioners, advocates, and ordinary citizens don’t already know about the subject. Along the way, I describe the ongoing process by which the legal concept of hate crime has expanded, elaborated, and “settled” within social movements, legislatures, courts, and law enforcement agencies and how hate crime law prompts a reconsideration of the gap identified a century ago by legal scholar Roscoe Pound between “law-on-the-books” and “law-in-action.” Finally, I relate some of the experiences, successes, and impediments I have encountered in trying to contribute sociological scholarship to public and policy discussions about hate crime in California. Bio: Ryken Grattet is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. He is co-author of Making Hate a Crime: From Social Movement to Law Enforcement (2001) and numerous articles on hate crime and hate crime law in the United States. His work on the policing of hate crime in California focuses on the role of law enforcement organizations in distilling statutory understandings of hate crime, making sense of it, and, ultimately, applying the designation of hate crime to concrete incidents. His work casts light on the "law-in-between" law-on-the-books and law-in-action by showing how attributes of local enforcement agencies, as well as the communities within which they are situated, affect how law is received within local contexts. Professor Grattet is an alumnus of Western Washington University.


Co-hosts: American Democracy Project, Political Science, Sociology, & Center for Law, Diversity & Justice


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“Challenging Canadian Multiculturalism: The Community Effects of Hate Crime."

Dr. Barbara Perry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

February 16-17


  • Public Lecture: World Issues Forum, Wednesday Feb 17th - Hate Crimes in Canada
  • Guest speaker Fair 319B Hate Crimes – Tues Feb 16th: 9-10:50, FX 312 - Hate Crimes Reader
  • Guest speaker Fair 463C Federal Indian Law – Tues Feb 16th: 5-6:50, FA 307 - Policing and Underpolicing in Indian Country
  • Visit Northwest Indian College, TBA - Voices Silenced: Hate Crimes in Indian Country


A surprisingly underexplored dimension of hate crime is the impact that is has not only on the immediate victim, but on the broader community. Based on a number of related projects, the lecture explores some of these key effects, with particular emphasis on the implications of such violence for Canadian multiculturalism. Hate crimes are direct threats to the principles of multiculturalism, and have the potential to present obstacles to the ability or willingness of affected communities to engage in civic life. The lecture thus aims to uncover the ways in which hate crime challenges the much heralded "policy" of multiculturalism in Canada.


Dr. Perry is Professor of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has written extensively in the area of hate crime, including two books on the topic: In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime; and Hate and Bias Crime: A Reader. She has just completed a book manuscript for University of Arizona Press entitled The Forgotten Victims: Native American Victims of Hate Crime, based on interviews with Native Americans.


Co-hosts: Canadian American Studies, Center for Law, Diversity & Justice, & Fairhaven College’s World Issues Forum, Northwest Indian College Classes Involved: AMST 201 American Indian Experience; C/AM 200 Intro to Canadian Studies; FAIR 375T World Issues Study Group


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