February 16, 2004
On March 5 and 6, Chemeketa Community College will present a conference about white supremacist groups in the United States. The conference, "When Hate Happens Here," will be held in conjunction with the presentation of the play "God's Country" by Steven Dietz, which is about the formation of The Order, a white supremacist group active in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s.
Guest speakers for the conference include:
# Elinor Langer, the author of "Josephine Herbst" and "A Hundred Little Hitlers," the story of the murder of Mulugeta Seraw in Portland by a group of skinheads.
# Randy Blazak, an associate professor of sociology at Portland State University and director of the Hate Crime Research Network.
# Kenneth S. Stern, an attorney and program specialist on anti-semitism and extremism for the American Jewish Committee.
# Eric Ward, an organizer for the Center for New Community's Building Democracy Initiative.
# Steven Stroud, co-founder of Oregon Spotlight, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the spread of hate throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Some of the topics that will be covered at the conference include Oregon hate groups, how children learn bias, free speech vs. hate speech, hate on the Internet, and hate and extreme music.
The conference costs $50 per day or $90 for the entire conference. The price includes lunch and a ticket to see "God's Country." Special student rates will be available. To register for the conference, call (503) 399-5101.
"God's Country" runs March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 in the Chemeketa Auditorium, Building 6. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Chemeketa Bookstore, (503) 399-5131.