Fighting Hate While Preserving Freedom Forum banner for the event on March 27, 2018

Fighting Hate While Preserving Freedom: A Best Practices Forum

Communities and college campuses across the country, including Rutgers, have navigated difficult issues surrounding freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and our nation has been tested in its responses to expressions of bigotry and intolerance. Dealing with these challenges calls for conversation about strategies for fighting back against hatred without infringing upon the right to free speech. On March 27, 2018, Rutgers University presented a daylong symposium, free and open to the Rutgers community, focused on best practices in confronting hate at houses of worship, online, on campus, and in the broader community. Speakers for the day included leaders in community building, conflict resolution, and civil rights.

Keynote Addresses

  • Combating Hate in Today's Homeland
    Jeh Johnson, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
  • The Landscape of Intolerance: The National Perspective
    George Selim, Senior Vice President of Programs, Anti-Defamation League
  • Responding to Hate With Love: How One Jewish Community Survived Neo-Nazi Cyberattacks
    Rabbi Francine Roston, Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom

Sessions Include

  • Countering Hate Directed at Houses of Worship
  • Countering Hate Online and on Campus
  • Countering Hate in the Community


The symposium was sponsored by the Office of the President and the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience, and co-sponsored by the Chancellors of Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.