ADL at SXSW 2019

Through our expertise in technology and anti-bias education, ADL Center for Technology and Society and ADL Education have curated and submitted four panels for SXSW 2019 beginning March 8, 2019! Check out the panel details below. 


Disrupting Hate: New Tools to Fight Extremism

Hate and violence from far-right extremist ideologies has spread across America. Part of the catalyst of this trend is online propaganda supporting the cause. Can we harness the same technology that has disrupted the music, hotel, dating, gaming, and taxi industries to disrupt hate and extremism online? Can the power of AI and other tools identify and engage individuals propagating hate online? We will detail what can be done to protect online spaces from abuse by extremists.


From Headline to Homework: Teaching Current Events

Are discussions about #MeToo making their way into your classroom? Do you want to raise news topics like the Muslim ban, immigration and “taking a knee,” but are not sure how? Young people hear about controversial issues in the news constantly; they want and should be part of the conversation. Using ADL’s anti-bias framework, interactive strategies and curriculum content about current events, gain confidence and skills to turn “teachable moments” into enriching classroom conversations.


Let’s Get Real: A Primer for Allies

Feeling compelled to effect change doesn't always translate into an easily implemented plan, especially when priorities and sensitivities can conflict. Before accepting a call to action, allies must first check their own biases, expectations and privilege in relation to the community they intend to impact. Explore important considerations that should precede allyship through a series of interactive group discussions and personal reflection. Leave with strategies to operationalize your advocacy.


Teaching Social Justice Through Art

Identity is a filter through which we view the world. Examining our own lens is critical to building culturally proficient learning spaces. Art as a medium assists educators in promoting self-reflection about identity, dialogue about difference, and empathetic understanding. We will explore how Art can bridge conversations that address bias, race, inequity, and membership. Leave with tools to facilitate classroom conversations about racial bias, immigration, mental health, and being an ally.