Presenter/Author Information

Arthur J. Jipson, University of DaytonFollow

Location

Meyer Room, Curran Place; Link to session

Start Date

12-3-2021 4:00 PM

End Date

12-3-2021 5:30 PM

Keywords

Pandemic, Patriotism, Precarity, Alt-Right, White Supremacy, White Nationalism

Abstract

This workshop will explore how the so-called Alt-Right and White Nationalist movement used conspiracy theories around the origin and challenge of the COVID-19 Pandemic to recruit members, advance their causes, and create social and cultural discord in an effort to create legitimacy for their racist and white supremacist attacks on community. After a discussion of the current state of the Alt-Right and White Nationalist movement, the workshop will interrogate the various online tools used by these groups to attack and dismantle community and human rights initiatives. The workshop concludes with an interactive activity that helps participants explore how these efforts undermine human rights can be effectively countered in a manner that builds healthy communities.

Author/Speaker Biographical Statement(s)

Art Jipson, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, University of Dayton Dr. Jipson has been studying white nationalism, white supremacy and extremist movements since 1992. He has conducted workshops, delivered lectures at professional conferences and worked with community activists on tactics to respond to extremist movements for over three decades. He currently teaches a course on extremist movements and white nationalism at the University of Dayton.

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Dec 3rd, 4:00 PM Dec 3rd, 5:30 PM

Patriotism, Pandemic, and Precarity: How the Alt-Right and White Nationalist Movement Used the Pandemic

Meyer Room, Curran Place; Link to session

This workshop will explore how the so-called Alt-Right and White Nationalist movement used conspiracy theories around the origin and challenge of the COVID-19 Pandemic to recruit members, advance their causes, and create social and cultural discord in an effort to create legitimacy for their racist and white supremacist attacks on community. After a discussion of the current state of the Alt-Right and White Nationalist movement, the workshop will interrogate the various online tools used by these groups to attack and dismantle community and human rights initiatives. The workshop concludes with an interactive activity that helps participants explore how these efforts undermine human rights can be effectively countered in a manner that builds healthy communities.