Author Archives: Sylvana

A UNESCO Chair Is Launching An Online Course to Counter the Rise of Violent Extremism and Hate Speech

The world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While initiatives and actions of solidarity and dialogue are numerous, messages of hate and intolerance are spreading. Fake news, misinformation and disinformation are being used to target people, communities, countries, and research institutions. To help address these issues, the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (Canada) is launching the free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘From Hate to Hope: Building Understanding and Resilience’.

COVID-19: Poll Finds Conspiracies Are Gaining Ground

Youth are more likely to believe in conspiracies, as are Canadians living outside Quebec. Nearly one in ten Canadians believes in conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to preliminary findings from a team of researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke. In addition, adherence to conspiracies appears to be related to psychosocial stressors.

COVID-19 Is Creating A World Crisis in Education

The knock-on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been wide-ranging and far-reaching, touching everything from economies to health systems and social norms in every corner of the globe. Some of its most significant impacts have been in the area of education. Here is how the response is shaping up—plus our recommended online resources.

Pandemic of Fake News

Uncertainty and fear are fertile ground for the imagination. Amidst the crisis, conspiracy theories and fake news flourish on the internet. And their popularity is skyrocketing. Should we worry about a toxic news pandemic?

When Misinformation Kills

“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re also fighting an infodemic. Fake news spread faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous.” This was a statement by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in mid-February. “The situation is not new, of course. But what makes it so striking is its rapidity,” says Marie-Ève Carignan, a professor at the communications department of the Université de Sherbrooke.

The UNESCO-PREV Chair Launches Its Mapping of Centers of Expertise in PVE

In 2019, the UNESCO-PREV Chair started conducting a mapping of centers of expertise in prevention of violent extremism (PVE), which includes expert individuals and organizations working in primary, secondary and tertiary PVE programs. The UNESCO-PREV Chair is proud to unveil its interactive map.

Project SOMEONE Announces the Upcoming Launch of PROFILE

In conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Project Someone is proud to announce the upcoming launch of PROFILE, a practical toolkit that aims to understand racial and social profiling. In this short teaser video-clip, Will Prosper—founder of Hoodstock and former RCMP officer—talks about the broad ways in which profiling occurs and Quebec’s failure to recognize the problem.

“(Re) Imagining the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism” Summer Institute Course

Location: Concordia University (1250, Guy Street), Montréal, QC, Canada

Start Date: 04/05/2020 12:00 am   End Date: 18/06/2020 11:59 pm

The UNESCO-PREV Chair presents its Summer Institute course titled “(Re) Imagining the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism”, offered through distance-learning classes from May 4th to June 8th, and from June 16th to 18th, 2020.

Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity Representativeness For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Location: Le Gesù (room Custeau), Montréal, QC, Canada

Start Date: 17/03/2020 5:00 pm   End Date: 17/03/2020 7:00 pm

As part of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, Québec region, will host an event titled “Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity Representativeness For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” on March 17th, 2020, in Montréal, Canada.

M. Vivek Venkatesh, Co-Holder of the UNESCO Chair in prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism and Professor at Concordia University, will represent the Chair and its Project SOMEONE at the event.