Professor Randy Blazak’s extensive research on hate crimes and hate groups, not to mention his regular role as a commentator on everything from NPR to CNN and Al Jazeera, makes his visit to City Club a special event – and a timely one at that. Hate crimes have been on the rise in Oregon, and with local civil rights group members finding themselves targets earlier this year, Corvallis is no exception.

Blazak’s work has taken him everywhere from the classroom to the court room. Having earned his PhD at Emory University in 1995 after conducting an exhaustive study of racist skinheads – complete with undercover operations and interviews all over the world — he currently teaches at Portland State University and serves as the Director for the Hate Crime Research Network ( Blazak’s co-founded the Oregon hate group watchdog Oregon Spotlight and has written numerous passages cited or published in academic journals, books, and the mainstream media.

Blazak is an expert in every sense of the word, his list of accomplishments too numerous detail here.

This City Club event is free, open to the public, and absolutely not to be missed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, starts at 12 noon. Attendance is free. Doors will open at 11:30 am at the Grace Lutheran Church of Corvallis at the corner of Harrison & Kings. The event will begin at noon, and a lunch from Valley Catering will be available: $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To reserve lunch, send email to by Friday, October 19. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card.

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