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Hate Studies Institute names recipients of 2013 Take Action Against Hate Awards

The 2013 Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards will be presented at a banquet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Cataldo Hall
at Gonzaga University. Recipients are World Outside My Shoes, organized by Carl and Teresa Wilkens to end genocide, racism and intolerance, the organizational award, and Linda Pall, a longtime human rights leader, city councilor and attorney in Moscow, the individual award.

Joseph Bock, director of the Eck Institute for Global Health and Teaching, professor at the University of Notre Dame and author of The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention (2012), will be the featured speaker.

World Outside My Shoes works to inspire and equip people to enter the world of the “Other” and to stand up against genocide, racism and intolerance. As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl was the only American who chose to remain in Rwanda during the genocide, helping save the lives of hundreds of people.

Today, Carl and Teresa speak throughout the world, promoting peace and openness toward the “Other.”

Linda, a Latah County human rights leader and instructor at the University of Idaho Law School and Washington State University, founded the annual “Finding the Center” conference.

The banquet of Gonzaga’s Institute for Action Against Hate will include a performance of “Eva’s Song,” read by bestselling author Michael Gurian and accompanied by Vicki Strauss, celloist with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for nearly 20 years.

Each year, in honor of the life and memory of Holocaust survivor and educator Eva Lassman, the institute presents the awards to individuals and organizations dedicated to combating hate. She was the first recipient of the award in 2009 at age 90.

A story in The Fig Tree on the life of Eva is at

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