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The public justice department, through its David F. Cutler '74 Fund for Excellence, is sponsoring a presentation by Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). SPLC monitors hate groups and other extremists through the United States and exposes their activities to the public, the media, and law enforcement. 

As the outreach director, Brooks frequently gives presentations around the country to promote tolerance and diversity. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala., an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement.

The event will take place on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Marano Campus Center auditorium (MCC 132). In her address to our campus community, the speaker will share research on hate and extremism for 2017, provide tips on addressing white supremacist activity through non-violent peaceful protest and discuss techniques for bystander intervention.

This is a very important and timely topic as it will be an opportunity for our campus to broaden current discussions of inclusion work and what protest looks like in the context of rising white nationalism.

Tickets for the event entitled: "Hate and Extremism: White Nationalism in College Campuses Today” are now available online at There is no charge for the tickets. Faculty, students and staff will need to log in with their LakerNet ID and password. Attendees must have a printed e-ticket or be able to show on a mobile device for event entry.