A Dialogue on Hate Crimes: Transforming Attitudes and Realities

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University of North Carolina School of Law

February 5-6, 2000


Saturday February 5, 2000

  • 8:30-9:00: Registration and Complimentary Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:15: Welcoming Remarks--Gene Nichol, Dean, UNC School of Law
  • 9:15-10:30: The History of Hate: Knowing Your Enemy--Presenter: Jack McDevitt
  • 10:45-12:30: The Faces of Hate: Different Targets, Similar Issues--Presenters: Jackie Payne, Hillary Shelton, Jennifer Lin
  • 12:30-2:00: Lunch and Community Resources Fair
  • 2:00-3:15: The Psychology of Hate: Perpetrators and Victims--Presenters: Lu-in Wang, Brent Scarpo
  • 3:30-5:30: Toward the Eradication of Hate: Strategies and Solutions--Presenters: Peter Tepley, Ruffin Poole, Gene Troy
  • 5:30: Closing Remarks

Sunday February 6, 2000

  • 4:00-5:30: In conjunction with the Conference, Brent Scarpo will present an abbreviated version of his film "Journey to a Hate-Free Millenium" in the Hanes Art Center Auditorium. Discussion with the filmmaker to follow.


  • Jack McDevitt is Co-Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Assistant Professor at the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. A leading expert of hate crimes, Mr. McDevitt helped to produce the first national report on hate crimes and has been a consultant on hate crimes to the FBI.
  • Jackie Payne is the policy attorney for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fundin Washington DC. A student of readical feminism and Catharine MacKinnon, Ms. Payne works on issues of violence against women, including hate crimes, poverty and welfare reform.
  • Hillary Shelton is Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau in Washington DC. The Washington Bureau is the federal legislative and national government affairs division of the organization. As the NAACP's chief lobbyist, Mr. Shelton has been involved with efforts to pass federal and state hate crimes prevention legislation.
  • Jennifer Lin is the Director of the Student of Color Campus Diversity Project with the United States Student Association in Wasgington DC. Ms. Lin works with students across the country to preserve and protect campus and state affirmative action policies, and with broad-based coalitionson the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
  • Lu-in Wang is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Hate Crimes Law, the first legal treatise on the subject. She uses an interdisciplinary approach in an effort to improve the laws that apply to hate crimes and understand the complex motivations behind, as well as the effects of, such acts.
  • Brent Scarpo is director and producer of the documentary film "Journey to a Hate-Free Millenium." Mr. Scarpo has ten years experience as a producer, writer, director and casting director.
  • Peter Tepley is a staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL. He has represented the victims of hate crimes in civil lawsuits against groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Ruffin Poole is a staff attorney with the NC Attorney General's Office. He informs the public about state hate crime laws and works with the SBI to maintain state-wide hate crime statistics.
  • Gene Troy is a human relations specialist with the NC Human Relations Commission. He works with communities both preventatively and in response to hate crimes.
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