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

June 14, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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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.

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive 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.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.


About the speaker

Matthew Williams is Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University, UK, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in hate crime. He advises and has conducted research for the UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the US Department of Justice and Google, among others. Matthew also directs the ‘HateLab’, a multimillion-pound global hub for data and insight to monitor and counter online hate speech and crime, and has conducted the largest dedicated study of hate victimisation in the UK. His research has appeared in documentaries for both Panorama (BBC) and Exposure (ITV), and in the major publications including the GuardianThe Times, Los Angeles TimesScientific American and New Scientist.

Connect with Matthew on Twitter


June 14, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


York Festival of Ideas


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