Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Mar. 27–Apr. 3, Apr. 17–May 15
Note dates–there is no class on Apr. 10
Instructor: Kevin Fornshill
This course will examine the history and evolution of hate crimes in this country and consider its current relevance. What is the legislative definition of a “hate crime?” What is the difference between “hate speech” and First Amendment protected rights? What individual or group determines the classification of a “hate group?” Finally, attention will be given to understanding the nature of hate groups and their social and political motivations for conducting demonstrations on college campuses. This course will offer opportunities for class participation and dialogue on these topics.
Kevin Fornshill was a detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the US Park Police for 24 years. His investigative work included a two-year assignment with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Since retirement, he has remained involved in law enforcement research and training, including an instructor’s role at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at the Department of Homeland Security. Fornshill is currently an adjunct instructor at Mason.