Virtual Lecture – The Science of Hate

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 20:00 – 21:00 BST, online (UK)


The Science of Hate: How prejudice becomes hate and what we can do to stop it

Why do people commit hate crimes?

Join world-leading criminologist Matthew Williams as he explores the tipping point between prejudice and hate crime, analysing human behaviour across the globe and throughout history.

  • Are our brains wired to hate?
  • Does online hate incite violence on the streets?
  • With hate crimes at an all-time high, what can we do to help turn the tide?

Drawing on twenty years of research as well as his own experience as a hate crime victim, Matthew uncovers the answers to these pressing questions of our age.

Exploring evolution and biology as well as social media and global events such as financial meltdowns, worldwide pandemics and sporting tournaments, Matthew exposes the conditions for hateful behaviour. His journey sees him talking to perpetrators and victims, delving into the murky recesses of the internet and having his brain scanned by neuroscientists to reveal the science behind hate.

Join Matthew for a groundbreaking and surprising examination of the elusive ‘tipping point’ between prejudice and hate.

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This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive further instructions and a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Answers to frequently asked questions, plus tips on making the most of your Festival experience can be found on the Festival website.

Please note that our online talks provide automated captioning that may not be 100% accurate and may vary in quality.

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