05 April 2007 --
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity convened a meeting on “Hate as a Contagious Disease”. The meeting was hosted by Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation. In his opening remarks, Professor Wiesel said that “Hate is ultimately self-destructive…while memory can be a shield against hatred, memory can also be used to fuel hatred and to justify violence.” Serageldin disparaged identity politics as the root of dehumanization enabling violence. Serageldin also talked about the role of education in maintaining a balance between identity, diversity and pluralism. The brainstorming meeting was convened without the expectation of any specific outcome.