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Whitefish rabbi to speak at Gonzaga about responding to hate

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Whitefish rabbi to speak at Gonzaga about responding to hate

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Rabbi Francine Roston from the Glacier Jewish Community/ B’nai Shalom Montana will present her lecture “Responding to Hate and Cyber-Terrorism: Lessons from Whitefish Montana” on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Ballroom.

Roston’s talk is part of Gonzaga’s 4th International Conference on Hate Studies, “Engaging with Communities for Justice,” and is sponsored by Gonzaga’s Institute for Hate Studies and the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force.

On Saturday, Roston will discuss neo-Nazi group The Daily Stormer’s online harassment campaign targeting several Jewish residents of Whitefish. The community responded with a “Love Not Hate” rally, encouraging messaging and community meetings. Roston will share her experience, and advice on responding to hate and promoting human rights.

Registration is $10 for the public and free for Gonzaga students with ID. To register, visit www.gonzaga.edu/hatestudies.

Megan Carroll

About Megan Carroll

Megan Carroll is a senior journalism major and interdisciplinary arts minor — which combines her passions for music, theater and dance — at Gonzaga University. Her professional writing experience apart from FāVS includes work with Gonzaga’s Marketing and Communications department (Gonzaga News Service and Gonzaga Magazine), freelance feature and entertainment writing with local daily The Spokesman-Review, and freelance writing for Northwest Catholic Magazine’s website. When she is not writing, Megan enjoys hanging out with adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities at GU Specialized Recreation, singing in voice lessons or GU Concert Choir, dancing, enjoying the outdoors, exercising, and spending time with her wonderful friends and family. A Las Vegas native and avid hiker, she enjoys the beautiful scenery, change of pace and different climate in Spokane. She worshipped in the non-denominational Christian church throughout most of her life, but was recently baptized and confirmed a Catholic. Discussions surrounding interreligious dialogue and religious pluralism in coursework and beyond have led her to many religion reporting passion projects.

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