Speaking & Teaching


The following is a partial list of public speaking engagements, mostly in academic or government venues, that I’ve done for the Southern Poverty Law Center. It does not include talks in non-public settings.

Panelist (militia movement), Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 8, 1997

Keynote, “Making Rights Real,” Discrimination Law Association, London, United Kingdom, Oct. 8, 1998

Keynote, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., March 2, 1999

Witness (written and oral testimony), U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (hearing about proposed Children’s Internet Protection Act), May 20, 1999

Speaker and panelist (prevention of hate crimes and response), Commission on Human Rights, County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Calif., Nov. 5, 1999

Witness, (presented paper, “Hate on the Internet and the American Legal System,” and oral testimony), Preparatory Committee, World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 17, 2000

Keynote, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., March 14, 2000

Plenary speaker and panelist, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference, New Orleans, La., March 24, 2000

Panelist (media coverage of hate, hate on campus), Society of Professional Journalists annual meeting, Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2000

Speaker (conference on right-wing extremism), George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, September 2000

U.S. delegate, Stockholm International Forum (on right-wing extremism), Stockholm, Sweden, Jan. 29-30, 2001

Speaker, Documenta 11, Platform 1, Vienna, Austria, April 6, 2001

Keynote, Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, Dallas, Texas, June 15, 2001

Panelist, Society of Professional Journalists state convention, Bellevue, Wash., Oct. 5, 2001

Panelist, Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, Spokane, Wash., Oct. 27, 2001

Panelist (nativist extremism), National Immigration Forum, Washington, D.C., Jan. 31, 2002

Plenary speaker (extremism in Alabama and Mississippi), Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss., Feb. 22, 2002

Keynote, North Idaho College Popcorn Forum, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, April 26, 2003, and panelist, April 27, 2003

Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association, San Francisco, Calif., June 22, 2003

Speaker (neo-Confederate movement), Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., Feb. 5, 2004

Keynote (neo-Confederate movement), University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, Feb. 6, 2004

Speaker (environmental nativism), Sierra Club, Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 10, 2004

Plenary speaker, California Federation of Teachers annual convention, Universal City, Calif., March 21, 2004

Speaker (nativist hate groups), American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York, N.Y., June 7, 2004

Speaker (neo-Confederate movement), Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., March 31, 2005, and panelist (investigative techniques), April 1, 2005

Speaker, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Mass., April 12, 2005

Speaker, MENSA Annual Gathering, New Orleans, La., July 7, 2005

Keynote (violence in the animal rights movement), Friends of Animals national conference, New York, N.Y., July 9, 2005

Panelist, “Human Rights After Aryan Nations,” Pacific Northwest Political Science Association conference, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Oct. 14, 2005

Lecture (anti-LGBT hate), Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 27, 2005

Luncheon speaker (free speech versus hate speech), Canadian Human Rights Commission, Ottawa, Canada, Dec. 15, 2005

Keynote (the neo-Confederate movement), Diversity Week, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., April 6, 2006

Keynote, southern regional conference, National Council for International Visitors, Huntsville, Ala., June 23, 2006

Panelist, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Toronto, Canada, Sept. 11, 2006

Speaker, Not In Our Town national conference, Bloomington, Ill., Oct. 7, 2006

Speaker (anti-Semitism), Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Dunwoody, Ga., Oct. 12, 2006

Speaker (anti-Semitism), Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 2, 2006

Keynote, “International Developments in Right-Wing Extremism,” Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Friedrich Ebert Foundation), Berlin, Germany, June 22, 2007

Speaker (extremism in Alabama), Over the Mountain Democrats, Homewood, Ala., July 17, 2007

Keynote and panelist (media and extremism), “Michigan Response to Hate: Building United Communities,” Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Lansing, Mich., Sept. 6, 2007

Speaker (extremism in the U.S.), United Kingdom Consulate, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 13, 2007

Panelist (hate on the Internet), Helsinki Commission, Washington, D.C., May 15, 2008

Panelist (conspiracy theories), National Conference for Media Reform, Minneapolis, Minn., June 7, 2008

Panelist, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, D.C., June 23, 2008

Speaker, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Sept. 4, 2008

Keynote and faculty luncheon talk, University of Texas, Austin, Oct. 7, 2008

Speaker, Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla., Nov. 9, 2008

Speaker, University Honors Program, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Nov. 20, 2008

Discussant (with Chris Hedges), “Home Grown Hatred: Anger and Alienation in American,” Hammer Forum, Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, Feb. 4, 2009

Speaker, “New Horizons,” University of Alabama, Birmingham, Oct. 6, 2009

Witness, Hate Crimes Task Force of the Suffolk County Legislature, Smithtown, N.Y., Oct. 21, 2009

Panelist, “The Diverse Suburb: History, Politics and Prospects,” Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., Oct. 23, 2009

Panelist, “15 Years Later and the Lessons for Today” (following Bill Clinton keynote about Oklahoma City bombing anniversary), Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C., April 16, 2010

Panelist (anti-Latino media), National Hispanic Media Coalition, Washington, D.C., May 26, 2010

Speaker, Naval Operations Strategic Study Group, Naval War College, Newport, R.I., Oct. 7, 2010

Keynote, “VHC First Wednesday Program,” Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Vt., Nov. 23, 2010

Keynote, Miami-Dade County Human Relations Commission, Miami, Fla., Jan. 26, 2011

Keynote, “Combating Fear and Intimidation,” 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders’ Incident in Montgomery, National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala., April 21, 2011

Keynote, “Visiting Scholars Lectures,” James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., Sept. 27, 2011

Speaker, Hate Crimes Summit, United States Attorney, Southern District of Alabama, Mobile, Ala., Feb. 6, 2012

Plenary panelist, “Anatomy of Hate: Free Speech Implications,” National Religious Broadcasters annual conference, Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2012

Keynote (anti-American Indian hate), “Native Pathways Speakers Series,” Humboldt College, Arcata, Calif., April 18, 2012

Panelist (international extremist links), Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, D.C., April 27, 2012

Speaker, “A Special Relationship of Hate? 50 Years of the Anglo-American Far-Right,” University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom, Sept. 14, 2012

Instructor, Continuing Legal Education class, Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 27, 2012

Keynote and class lectures at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, Oct. 15-17, 2012

Speaker, University Honors Program, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Oct. 19, 2012

Speaker, Law and Society Program, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2012

Speaker, Justice Club, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2012

Keynote and class lectures, Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore., Feb. 27, 2013

Keynote and class lecture (American nativism), University of Nebraska, Kearney, March 12, 2013

Panelist (best practices), “Countering Violent Extremism,” U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., March 19, 2013

Panelist, “Can We the People Tolerate Islamic Law? Anti-Sharia Legislation and the U.S. Constitution,” University of Arkansas Law School, Fayetteville, Ark., April 12, 2013

Lecture (Islamophobia), DuPaul University, Chicago, Ill., May 30, 2013

Speaker (Jack Levin retirement event), American Sociological Association, New York, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2013

Keynote (hate groups and regional security threats), Association of County Commissions of Alabama, Orange Beach, Ala., Aug. 221, 2013

Panelist (extremism in the military), German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2013

Keynote, “Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond,” University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2014

Keynote and class lectures, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, Oct. 6-8, 2014

Keynote, University Honors Program, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Oct. 20, 2014

Keynote and panelist (Bundy ranch standoff), “Michigan Response to Hate: 2014,” Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes and Michigan Department of Human Rights, East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 14, 2014

Keynote, Alaska Bar Association annual conference, Fairbanks, Ala., May 14, 2015; Instructor, Continuing Legal Education class, May 15, 2015

Keynote at student-community event and speaker at faculty-staff luncheon (best practices, dealing with hate on campus), St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vt., Sept. 17, 2015

Keynote, University of Miami Law School, Coral Gables, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015

Keynote (men’s rights movement and misogyny) and panelist, New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence annual conference, Albuquerque, N.M., Dec. 3, 2015

Panelist, “The Use of Guns in Hate Crimes,” Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2016

Keynote and class lectures, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, April 4-6, 2016

Speaker (Confederate battle flag), “Symbols of Hatred: Nationalism, Religion, Gender, & Ethnicity,” University Honors Program, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Sept. 29, 2016

Speaker, “Symbols of Hatred: Nationalism, Religion, Gender, & Ethnicity,” University Honors Program, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Dec. 5, 2016

Keynote, Tenth Annual Black History Celebration, Frank M. Johnson Jr. United States Courthouse, Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 23, 2017

Keynote, "Anti-Semitism and the Alt-Right Movement in the United States," Carol and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Vermont, Oct. 2, 2017

Inaugural keynote for Anti-Semitism Initiative, "Antisemitism and the Radical Right," Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, N.Y., Nov. 5, 2017

Keynote, "The State of Hate in America," John Marshall Law School, Chicago, March 7, 2018

Keynote, "News, 'Fake News' and Democracy in America," Vermont Humanities Council, Montpelier, Nov. 7, 2018

Panelist ("Alt-Right: Age of Rage"), Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Feb. 18, 2019