Standing up to Hate

PETERBOROUGH — Tom White of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College is among panelists scheduled for an upcoming discussion about hate crimes in New Hampshire.

“Standing Up to Hate in NH” is being hosted by the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough and is slated for Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Admission is free for museum members; for non-members, it’s $6 for seniors and $8 for other adults.

The discussion will cover not only hate crimes but also what communities can do about them, according to a museum news release.

White, who is the Cohen Center’s coordinator of educational outreach, plans to speak about his work to help youths respond to hate speech and bullying, the release says. Joining him on the panel are Elizabeth Lahey, director of the Civil Rights Unit at the N.H. Department of Justice; Devon Chaffee, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire; and Maggie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee’s New Hampshire program. The committee, which has its national headquarters in Philadelphia, is a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and justice, according to its website.

Lahey will discuss how often hate crimes occur in the Granite State, Chaffee will speak about the intersection of hate speech and free speech, and Fogarty will highlight how people and communities have responded to the hate they encounter.

The Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center is at 26 Main St. in Peterborough. More information: 924-4555, info@mariposamuseum.org or http://mariposamuseum.org.