Is Hate a Public Health Emergency?

Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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If fear, anger, and distrust are the contagions, where will we find the antidotes?

Building upon the previous week’s discussion about identity politics, we’ll explore the current state of our society through a slightly different lens, asking: is hate a public health emergency?


To kick off the discussion, we’ll be talking about the questions raised in these articles:

We need to talk about the online radicalisation of young, white men by

Hate Is A Public Health Emergency by Aletha Maybank

Social contagion makes it easy to spread fear and hate. Here’s how to spread their opposite by Lee Daniel Kravetz

The Panel

Christopher Mackie (@Healthmac) is the Medical Officer of Health for Middlesex-London and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Middlesex-London Health Unit. He previously served as the Associate Medical Officer Health for the City of Hamilton for four years. Dr. Mackie has published peer-reviewed papers and abstracts on a number of public health related issues, including vaccination policy, emergency planning, environmental health and child and youth mental health.

Michele Manocchi (@manocchimichele) holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Social Research (earned in Italy), and he is involved in several research activities across Canada and internationally. He is a member of the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations at Western University, and he collaborates with Ryerson University and McGill University, in addition to Universities of Turin and Milan in Italy. His main research interests focus on undocumented migrants; intercultural education; evaluation research; reception and settlement services; social policies; labelling processes and practices of resistance. His current main position is Intercultural Education Specialist at the Cross Cultural Learner Centre, London ON.

Jennifer O’Brien (@JeninLdnont) is professional question-asker par excellence: she is a well known and highly respected journalist and reporter in London. Jennifer worked at the London Free Press for 16 years. She has reported extensively on diversity, multiculturalism and is especially interested in issues related to equity and social justice.

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