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September 22, 2021

“Exploring Hate Presents” Features Virtual Town Halls on Confronting Conspiracy Theories & Disinformation

This fall, Exploring Hate, The WNET Group’s reporting initiative examining antisemitism, racism and extremism, will introduce a new conversation series, Exploring Hate Presents.

These initial Exploring Hate Presents town halls will stream live Thursdays, September 30 – October 14 at 7pm and will bring together thought leaders to explore conspiracy theories that never die, racist scapegoating throughout history and disinformation that threatens democracy today.

The events will include:

SET THE WORLD ON FIRE: How Antisemitism Fuels White Nationalism – Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Racial justice activist Eric Ward, American University History Professor Pamela Nadell, former Homeland Security analyst Daryl Johnson, and former white nationalist Derek Black will connect the dots between antisemitism, racism and extremism. The conversation will be moderated by PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor and Amanpour and Company contributor Hari Sreenivasan.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER: Grievance, Greed & Conspiracy TheoriesThursday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

Professor Hasia R. Diner, Channon Hodge, Professor Monica Muñoz Martinez, Dalia Mogahed and Helen Zia will examine the origins and intersections of racist conspiracy theories. The conversation will be moderated by Brian Tate, community partnerships specialist for The WNET Group.

DISRUPTING DECEIT: Exposing & Opposing Disinformation Campaigns – Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m.

Maya Berry, Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Jean Guerrero, Blima Marcus and Nse Ufot will examine the hidden origins, purpose and intersections of orchestrated attacks on voting, vaccines, the U.S. Census and democracy. The conversation will be moderated by Maria Teresa Kumar, Founding President, Voto Latino.

Visit pbs.org/exploringhate to learn more and RSVP.

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