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Hate at Home: Why is Violent Extremism and White Supremacy Taking Root in the U.S.?

November 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati for Hate at Home: Understanding the Rise in Violent Extremism in the U.S. on Thursday, November 4, at 12 p.m. via Zoom.

The event will feature renowned speakers Dr. Arie W. Kruglanski, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and scholar studying violent extremism, and Shannon Foley Martinez, a former violent white supremacist who has two decades of experience in developing community resource platforms aimed at inoculating individuals against violence-based lifestyles and ideologies.

Moderated by mediator and conflict resolution trainer Sherri Goren Slovin, this intimate and compelling discussion will focus on efforts to combat radicalization and rehabilitate violent extremists. Speakers will explore why individuals fall prey to extremist movements and ideologies, how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated violent extremist recruitment and radicalization, and why healthy societies must prevent and take on extremist movements to function.  

This program is presented in partnership with the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate and the JCRC’s Leaders in Light, a first-of-its kind, year-long leadership development program designed to address extremism and strengthen inclusive democracy.


About Arie W. Kruglanski

Arie W. Kruglanski is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He directs a lab that studies human motivation as it affects thinking, feeling, and behavior. His lab methods include experiments, neuroscience work, computer modeling, surveys and content analysis. The lab has collaborative relations with universities around the globe including Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Poland, and Denmark.

Kruglanski’s work has been cited more than 50,000 times. It has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Conversation, and the World Government Summit, among other publications. His theoretical work has been published in Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He has written five books: The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives and Networks (co-authored with Jocelyn J. Bélanger, and Rohan Gunaratna); The Radical’s Journey: How German Neo Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back (co-authored with David Webber and Daniel Koehler); The Motivated Mind; The Psychology of Closed Mindedness; and Lay Epistemics and Human Knowledge. He has also contributed to edited volumes— including Psychology of Extremism, Psychology of Terrorism, the Handbook of Basic Principles in Social Psychology, and the Social Psychology of Knowledge— published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, Guilford, Plenum, and Taylor & Francis, among other publishers.

Kruglanski was a founding co-director and co-principal investigator (PI) of START (the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism), at the University of Maryland, as well as a PI on a five-year Minerva grant to study radicalization and deradicalization in the Middle East and in South East Asia. He is now a PI on a Minerva grant for the study of refugees in the Middle East and Europe.

Kruglanski’s research interests include human judgment and decision-making, the motivation–cognition interface, group and intergroup processes, and the psychology of human goals. His work has been published in more than 400 articles, chapters, and books and has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, Deutsche Forschungs Gemeineschaft, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Naval Research, and the Ford Foundation. He recently served on the National Academy of Science’s panels on counterterrorism and educational paradigms in homeland security. He is also the outgoing president of the Society for the Study of Motivation.

About Shannon Foley Martinez

Shannon Foley Martinez, a former violent white supremacist, has two decades of experience in developing community resource platforms aimed at inoculating individuals against violence-based lifestyles and ideologies. Foley Martinez has worked in at-risk communities teaching and developing dynamic resiliency skills. She has worked for school systems, nonprofits, and community organizations.

She has participated in programs with such organizations as the UN Office of Counter Terrorism, the National Counterterrorism Center, Hedayah, The Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence, UN Women, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.  Her story has been featured globally, including: The TODAY Show, NBC’s “Left Field,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, Marie Claire magazine, Quartz, Al Jazeera America, and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought” program. She has been a commentator on such news outlets as HLN, CNN, Canada One and BBC radio. Foley Martinez has also assisted in training law enforcement officers, building programs for educators, and collaborating with tech companies like Google and Twitter. As the mother of seven children, she feels passionately about building empowered families and communities. She believes that we all have the power to enact profound and fundamental change in our lives.

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November 4, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm