Mar 25, 2019

Today, it is not enough to simply know extremism “when we see it.” Nor is turning away an adequate response. Instead, responses should be informed by what is known and what is not known. As a public research university, the light of inquiry both nourishes individual intellect and fortifies a collective sense of community.

UCI Confronting Extremism is a campus initiative dedicated to understanding the ideas and behaviors advocated far outside of alignment to the campus values for social justice and equity in today’s society. To this end, it harnesses UCI’s research, teaching and service mission to identify pathways for building a positive campus climate, resilient communities, and responsive democratic institutions. The program examines extreme rhetoric, violent acts and incidents, to reject their associated limits and divisions and explore proactive, evidence-based, and instructive approaches and actions where society can make progress.

This spring UCI Confronting Extremism offers a range of signature events to engage the campus community in this important initiative.

  • Confronting Extremism Talks

Wednesday, April 3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Humanities Hall 161, Little Theatre

Hear from UCI faculty supported through the Provost Initiative on Understanding and Engaging with Extremism about emerging research and ways to take action. Presentations will examine diverse topics that range from countering science denialism to defending the denial of human rights. These talks will be engaging, informative and evidence-based. Click here to learn more.

  • Confronting Extremism of Sexual Assault and Abuse with civil rights activist Tarana Burke

Monday, April 22 from 6-7 p.m. – Irvine Barclay Theatre

The #MeToo movement has helped raise awareness for the prevalence of sexual abuse and assault and channel the power of empathy to let women know that they do not suffer alone. This special session featuring civil rights activist Tarana Burke will share perspectives to help move beyond the #MeToo movement toward a world free of sexual violence, where everyone has a right to their dignity and humanity. Link for tickets here. Click here to learn more.

  • Confronting Extremism of Hate with Anti-Defamation League Director Oren Segal

Monday, May 6 from 6-7p.m. – Pacific Ballroom ABC

Featuring the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism Director Oren Segal, participants will hear a unique perspective on extremism, terrorism and all forms of hate in the real world and online. Mr. Segal will share his insight and expertise drawn from evaluating the activity and tactics of a wide range of extremist groups and movements from across the ideological spectrum. Click here for more information.

Join in these special events as UCI continues toward aspirations of a campus community grounded in equity, diversity, inclusion and free speech.