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NSCC Forums on Tolerance Support a Learning Environment

NSCC Forums teach tolerance, embrace diversity and support a learning environment.

NSCC Forums on Tolerance initiate educational challenges to students and members of the community to learn more about one another, bring about empathy and understanding toward other people, and to make a difference in ourselves, our neighborhoods, and our world. Since 1996, NSCC Forums have explored social injustice and its effects on the modern world and our own communities through topics ranging from the Holocaust to immigration and civil rights.


Join us for the 40th Forum on Tolerance April 11th and 12th.

Respect and Inclusion: Building hate-free communities

A Two-Day, Two-Campus Event
FREE and open to the public. Both events will feature resource tables. Refreshments will be served.

In 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that the number of hate groups rose to 954 from 917 the prior year, up 4 percent. Within the white supremacist movement, neo-Nazi groups saw the greatest growth — soaring by 22 percent from 99 to 121. Anti-Muslim groups also rose for a third straight year. How do we combat hate in order to create communities that are truly inclusive? What exactly is the line between free speech and hate speech? What can you do to combat hate in your community? In this event we hope to engage in an open dialogue about these questions and come up with strategies to create a community that is not only tolerant but accepting.


Wednesday April 11th
10:30am - 12:30pm
Math and Science Building DS106B
Danvers Campus
Directions to Danvers Campus

Thursday April 12th
6:30 - 8:30pm
Lynn Campus Gym
Directions to Lynn Campus

In 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that the number of hate groups rose to 954 from 917 the prior year, up 4 percent. Within the white supremacist movement, neo-Nazi groups saw the greatest growth — soaring by 22 percent from 99 to 121. Anti-Muslim groups also rose for a third straight year. How do we combat hate in order to create communities that are truly inclusive? What exactly is the line between free speech and hate speech? What can you do to combat hate in your community? In this event we hope to engage in an open dialogue about these questions and come up with strategies to create a community that is not only tolerant but accepting.

For the Danvers program, we will be showing a short documentary the Al Jazeera: Hate speech v free speech: Where is the line? For each class meeting period, we will show ½ of the documentary and run a student led discussion.

For the Lynn Program, Attorney Joe Berman from the Anti-Defamation League will speak about the line between free speech and hate speech.

This will be followed by a panel discussion on How to Build Hate-Free communities by NSCC Alumnus Rev. Andre Bennett, Zion Baptist Church

NSCC Alumnus, José A. Palma, Justice at Work

NSCC Professor Emerita, Sue Jhirad

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information: Dr. Laurie Carlson: (508) 847-6972 or lcarlson@northshore.edu



NSCC has presented 39 Forums of Tolerance since 1996.

Respect and Inclusion: Supporting the Struggles of our Immigrant Community (2017)

Fostering Social Connections While Aging: Engendering Compassion for Those with Dementia (2017)

Thinking Outside the Gender Box: Insights Into Being Transgender (2016)

Incarceration, Time Served, Now What? (2015)

Homelessness is a Social Justice Issue (2014)

Hope, Peace, Reconciliation and Love: The Messages of Tolerance by Marc Chagall in his Art and Literature (2013)

Many Faiths-One Family: A Celebration of Harmony and Humanity (2012)

Weaving Autism into Our Social Fabric (2011)

Bullying: See It For What It Is (2011)

Tolerance in a Time of Intolerance (2010)

Aging in America: Everybody's Doing It (2010)

Hope: Getting through the Hard Times (2009)

Opening the Door: What Does Gay Look Like? (2009)

Immigration Rights & Human Rights (2008)

A Focus on Africa (2008)

Exploring the Muslim World (2007)



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