The Colloquia Series: Tyler Thier

The Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice's Colloquia Series presents A Conversation with Tyler ThierTyler Thier of the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric will present Luciferians: Deconstructing Hate Speech and 'Legitimized' Prejudice in Writing & Rhetoric. Tyler Thier is a published poet, performed playwright, and freelance film critic who is interested primarily in the experimental and revolutionary arts.

Description: In a peculiar patent filed by Keith Raniere, founder of the NXIVM sex-trafficking cult, one can find a collection of figures outlining a physiological method for rehabilitating a “Luciferian.” In short, this was one of Raniere’s many manipulative practices for demonizing those who either showed signs of resistance to his harmful ideology or parted ways with it altogether. During this workshop, we will use the “Luciferian” label as a lens through which to conduct case studies of similar factions (designated hate groups, in fact), ones that unjustly target or make an enemy of an entire demographic of people behind the false merit of professional rhetoric and nobly framed mission statements. We will tap into resources such as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Extremist Files and various rhetorical analysis strategies in approaching these often “institutionally veiled” or otherwise “masked” communicative devices. Ultimately, this colloquium will develop investigative, critical-thinking tools for identifying and demystifying microaggressive or hidden-agenda writing--within academic contexts and beyond.

The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, established at Hofstra University in January 2017 to promote diversity and cultural awareness, features a number of distinctive programs throughout the academic year.

Hofstra faculty members present their recent and ongoing publications and engage critically and theoretically with new scholarship focused on “race,” culture, and social justice.

In colloboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program 



Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)

Location: Room 203 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019



Roosevelt Hall
Roosevelt Hall
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice

Phone: 516-463-6585
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