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Over Zero Founder to Speak at Vanderbilt

December 29th, 2018
Rachel Brown, an expert on counteracting hate/dangerous speech, violence prevention, and civic engagement, will speak at Vanderbilt University on Thursday, February 7. The lunch-and-learn will take place at 12 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room. Please e-mail charlotte.ector@vanderbilt.edu to RSVP.

Brown founded OverZero, whose mission is to reduce, prevent, and create long-term societal resilience to violence. She will share techniques and strategies for resisting division and diffusing hate and dangerous speech today.

She holds a BA in international relations with a focus on global conflict cooperation and justice from Tufts University, where she conducted international research on the relationships between power structures, corruption, violence, and poverty. While serving as a fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she created a guide for practitioners seeking to counter the impact of inflammatory hate speech. The guide sets out key concepts, strategies, and tools for designing speech interventions that are based on sound analysis, clear goals, best practices, and accurate risk assessment.