When Language Leads to Violence: How Can Peacebuilders Counter Dangerous Speech?

May 26, 2021
Over the last few years, the US has seen a rise in the use of dangerous speech — speech that increases the risk for violence — resulting in tensions and violent episodes like the one seen at the US Capitol. Dangerous speech has been used strategically by elites, as a means to political and personal gain, despite the devastating consequences it brings to the social fabric. This is not a practice exclusive to the US context, nor is it new. For decades, dangerous speech has been used across the globe to remove the moral prohibition associated with perpetrating violence against certain groups, mostly minorities. What can we learn from peacebuilders in countries facing this challenge and how can we apply them to the US?



Elizabeth Hume, Acting President and CEO at the Alliance for Peacebuilding

Dr. Samantha Moore-Berg, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania

Karen Bernstein, International Peacebuilding Program Manager

Dr. Michael Sodipo, Founder and Project Coordinator, Peace Initiative Network



May 26, 2021 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)