Each week, the White Privilege Conference and the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, housed at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), hosts a half hour radio show called Intersections Radio that features an interview with a different author, scholar, and/or speaker.
In this segment, Heidi Beirich discusses the significant rise in hate groups throughout America because of race and religion. She leads one of the most highly regarded non-governmental operations monitoring hate groups and extremism in the world today. She oversees the production of SPLC's award-winning quarterly investigative journal, Intelligence Report, its Hatewatch blog and its annual hate group list. An expert on white nationalism, nativism and the racist neo-Confederate movement, Beirich also acts as a key SPLC spokeswoman for issues involving extremism. She has appeared on numerous television news programs and is regularly quoted by journalists and scholars in both the United States and abroad.
Beirich joined the SPLC staff in 1999 after earning a Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University, where she specialized in the study of white nationalism and neofascism in Europe and North America. She spent a year in Spain researching her dissertation on how the Spanish Constitutional Court helped rid that country of its fascist legacy. She also holds MA degrees in economics and political science. She earned her A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley. Beirich co-edited Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction, published by the University of Texas Press in 2008, and has been published in several academic journals. She has taught at major universities and has worked with other non-profits dedicated to combating human rights violations and poverty.
Intersections Radio is hosted by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., founder of the White Privilege Conference (WPC), which is held annually in cities across the United States; and Daryl Miller, who works with the WPC and other programs of the Matrix Center. The WPC is an award-winning national diversity conference that serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression, and works to dismantle systems of power, prejudice, and inequality. College students from around the country participate in the conference for academic credit.