Confronting Hate

Hate is on the rise all around the world, as politicians have turned to scapegoating minorities and immigrants in order to bolster their own power. Why is this? Why is it happening now? In this course we will answer these intriguing questions as we examine the scholarly literature on prejudice, discrimination, extreme nationalistic movements, genocide, race, and more. We will also read works that discuss the nearly unique species-specific capacity for compassion among humans, as well as anthropological work showing the cooperative and prosocial nature of early members of our species. These works give us hope that hate is not inevitable and they point the way to possible solutions to contemporary societal ills. The class gives us hope that confronting hate is entirely possible and students will learn basic strategies that we can all carry out to promote a more peaceful and just world. 

NOTE:  This course is offered 100% online with required meeting times via Zoom as stated.

Course Details
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
102: TR 12:30 - 1:45 pm - online
161: TR 2:00 - 3:15 pm - online
Fall 2024
Global Issues
Civic Engagement

Martin Schoenhals

Martin Schoenhals

Martin Schoenhals is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork for more than three decades in China, and for nearly two decades in India. Among his interests are the way that culture and emotions interact. As a psychological anthropologist, Schoenhals has studied the role of face and shame in China, and how these emotions interact with political and historical processes. Another research interest is facial expressions and the key question of whether humans can read each other's emotions across the divisions of culture. Schoenhals has taught at such universities as Columbia University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has recently moved from New York City and has made his new home in the mountains of Boone.