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take action against hate award Take Action Against hate award was presented to Professor Amanda Haynes and Dr Jennifer Schweppe, co-directors of the European Centre for the Study of Hate at UL, pictured above on a visit to the European Parliament take action against hate award Take Action Against hate award was presented to Professor Amanda Haynes and Dr Jennifer Schweppe, co-directors of the European Centre for the Study of Hate at UL, pictured above on a visit to the European Parliament

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UL academics accept the Take Action Against Hate award from American University 

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Take Action Against hate award was presented to Professor Amanda Haynes and Dr Jennifer Schweppe, co-directors of the European Centre for the Study of Hate at UL, pictured above on a visit to the European Parliament

UL academics accept the Take Action Against Hate award from American University 

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

Leading University of Limerick academics Professor Amanda Haynes and Dr Jennifer Schweppe have recently accepted a Take Action Against Hate award from the Gonzaga University in Washinton State for their work against hate.


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The Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate was awarded to them on behalf of the European Centre for the Study of Hate at UL, of which the academics are co-directors.

“The European Centre for the Study of Hate is currently involved in research projects which examine minority communities’ relationships with the police and the courts. We are involved with a project which is developing an archive of interviews with LGBTQ+ activists and change-makers in Ireland. We are also at the beginning of a project which will examine public attitudes and beliefs about hate crime,” Professor Haynes, Associate Professor of Sociology at UL, explained. 

Speaking about the award, the judging panel said that the centre was nominated for the award, “in recognition of its commitment to understanding and countering hatred on an individual, community, and global scale.”

The institution’s work, including research, policy, and practice, is clear through initiatives such as the Call it Out campaign, engagement with the Coalition Against Hate Crime Ireland, and publications such as Alternative Report on Hate Crimes and Related Issues.

The judges said, “Such outcomes stand as significant contributions within the discipline of hate studies, as well as inspiring examples of how knowledge can be paired with action to challenge hate towards those who are marginalised.”

“We are particularly proud to be honoured in the name of Dr. Eva Lassman who used her experiences as a holocaust survivor to educate others about the dangers of hate but also about the power of empathy and solidarity with difference,” said Professor Haynes.

“Here at the ECSH, we believe that good scholarship is scholarship with impact, that changes people’s lives for the better, and that is co-produced with people, like Dr Lassman, who have direct experience of the harms of hate and with civil society organisations that represent them. For this reason, we are absolutely delighted and privileged to accept this award.”

“As co-directors of the ECSH at the University of Limerick, we are honoured  to receive this award from the Gonzaga Institute, a body which shares our commitment to tackling hate through scholarship designed for impact.”

Dr Schweppe, Senior Lecturer in Law, said, “We have admired the work of the Institute for many years, and our own Centre mirrors that of the Gonzaga Institute in many ways. 

“Taking an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the hate that divides, as well as exploring means by which that hate can be countered and challenged is core to the work of both the Institute and the Centre. Our research, which centers communities impacted by hate crime, produces scholarly work with policy and practice application.”

Professor Haynes and Dr Schweppe requested that Gonzaga “use the money associated with the Eva Lassman award as a bursary for a Native American Student to support their studies.” 

“We hope that this bursary will provide some assistance to an emerging scholar to lead the next generation of researchers in challenging hate,” Professor Haynes explained.

For more information about the European Centre for the Study of Hate go HERE  

For more stories about the University of Limerick go HERE 

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