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If your October calendar isn't full yet, I think it's about to be. 

Oct. 11, Gonzaga University:TheGonzaga University Institute for Hate Studieswill honorPartners with Families and Children: Spokane (PFCS)andMary Stamp, editor of The Fig Tree, at its third annual Take Action Against Hate Banquet, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 11 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.) PFCS and Stamp will receive the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Award presented annually to an Inland Northwest individual and organization committed to challenging hatred. Lassman, a Holocaust survivor and longtime, beloved friend of the Institute, received the inaugural award in 2009. PFCS has provided collaborative, multidisciplinary services to at-risk Spokane children, bringing safety, justice and healing to troubled families since 1988. Stamp has helped gird regional resolve against hatred. She started The Fig Tree to report on religion through the former Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries. The Fig Tree shifted to cover faith in action and to connect the faith and nonprofit communities. Stamp's commitment to truth is reflected in every issue of The Fig Tree. Stamp was a close friend toLassman, who died Feb. 9 at age 91. Tickets begin at $50 per person; tables start at $400. To buy tickets, visit the followinghttps://commerce.cashnet.com/GIHS. For more information, contact theInstituteat(509) 313-3665or via email atagainsthate@gonzaga.edu.

Oct. 20, Whitworth University:A lecture by Mark Braverman, a Jewish American psychologist and author devoted full-time to the Israel/Palestine conflict. He is co-founder and executive director of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Palestinian land rights and peaceful coexistence in historic Palestine. The event will be Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth. Free admission. Call(509) 777-4263.

Oct. 26, Whitworth:Adilah Barnes one-woman show, “I Am That I Am: Woman, Black.” A historical journey into the lives of seven renowned women, including Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Barnes is an award-winning actor with more than 40 years experience in television and film, and a co-founder of the L.A. Women's Theatre Festival. The event will be Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium. Free admission. Call(509) 777-3707.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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