Founded with an $800,000 gift from alumnus Irving Brudnick and his wife Betty Brudnick, the Center seeks to reduce conflict and violence between individuals and groups in a variety of areas including: school violence, terrorism, hate crimes, international conflict and warfare, hate speech on campus, religious persecution, and organized hate groups. With six faculty and researchers from psychology, sociology, criminal justice, law, and political science, the Center sponsors conferences, panel discussions, courses, and research projects. The Center’s members have written or contributed chapters to more than 30 books. Each year, faculty teach a course in which students complete a community service project that entails learning about social conflict and exploring solutions to it. In 2005, the Center hosted the Second International Conference on Hate Crimes. Founded in 1998.