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Preventing and responding to political violence, extremism and hate in Ohio

About the Event

Since the 2020 elections and the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, national and international experts have raised concern about increasing political violence in the U.S., particularly by white supremacist or racially and ethnically motivated violent extremist groups. 

This event will bring together interested stakeholders and experts to explore current trends in increased radicalization and the rise of racially and ethnically motivated violent extremist groups in Ohio, U.S. and globally. It will build on local, international and global experiences in peacebuilding, conflict mediation, and in promoting human rights while addressing extremism.

Event Details

Date and Time

Tuesday November 16th, 2021 9AM - 4PM EST

Event Format

Virtual Roundtable

Agenda

Shelley Inglis, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, University of Dayton & Nicole Widdersheim, Senior Policy Advisor, US Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for the Prevention of Genocide (in personal capacity)

Panelists:

  • Vera Bergengruen, Journalist, Time 
  • Michael Brooks, Department of History, Bowling Green State University (co-author History of Hate in Ohio)
  • Kira Hamman, Urban Rural Action
  • Jordan Garza, Regional Prevention Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3)
  • Ryan McMaster, Project Director PART, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University

Moderator: Martha Hurley, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies, University of Dayton


Participants will engage in a tour de table to explore questions such as: what are the current trends and needs from the community perspective? what existing groups and coalitions would take on efforts to prevent extremism? what issues could bring community members together across political, social, geographic and other divides in Ohio?


 Panelists:

  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in countering terrorism (participating from 2-3pm)
  • Joseph Bubman, Executive Director, Urban Rural Action
  • Daniel Tirrell, Senior Transition Advisor, Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), USAID (in personal capacity) 
  • Annelies Pauwels, Research Fellow at Vlaams Vredesinstituut 

Moderator: Bridget Moix, US Executive Director, Peace Direct 


Moderator: Shelley Inglis, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, University of Dayton & Nicole Widdersheim, Senior Policy Advisor -US Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for the Prevention of Genocide (in personal capacity)


  • Vera Bergengruen
  • Michael Brooks
  • Kira Hamman
  • Jordan Garza
  • Journalist, Time

    Department of History, Bowling Green State University (co-author History of Hate in Ohio)

    Urban Rural Action

    Regional Prevention Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3)

  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
  • Ryan McMaster
  • Joseph Bubman
  • Daniel Tirrell
  • UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in countering terrorism

    Project Director PART, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, Case Western Reserve University

    Executive Director, Urban Rural Action

    Senior Transition Advisor, Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), USAID (in personal capacity)

  • Martha Hurley
  • Annelies Pauwels
  • Bridget Moix
  • Nicole Widdersheim
  • Chair, Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies, University of Dayton

    Research Fellow at Vlaams Vredesinstituut

    US Executive Director, Peace Direct

    Senior Policy Advisor -US Holocaust Memorial Museum Center for the Prevention of Genocide (in personal capacity)