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Arnold Schwarzenegger visits USC, discusses rise of hatred, extremism

The ex-body builder, actor and politician headlined a panel on the state of extremism in politics and society.

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Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited USC Wednesday for a conversation on the rise of hatred around the world.

As part of the former actor’s campaign to quote: “Terminate Hate” Schwarzenegger and other distinguished figures in the USC community joined in conversation on how to address extremism in our society.

CNN’s Dana Bash, USC Annenberg Dean Willow Bay, Dr. Erroll Southers and Dr. Robert Williams were all featured during the two-hour lecture held in the Annenberg Auditorium.

The panel discussed the rise of hate crimes and anti-Semitism, and the increasingly polarizing political climate in America, and potential solutions to these issues.

In his lecture, Schwarzenegger emphasized the importance of communication in healing conflict, and praised USC Annenberg for its achievements in the discipline.

Schwarzenegger: I think the issue that we are dealing with has to do with prejudice and hate. A lot of it has to do with communication. This is why this [Annenberg] is the appropriate center to have this event here today, and that’s why I know that Willow [Bay], you will be important in the future because I told you already, communication is the number one issue here. This is the perfect center and you are the perfect team for that, so you are going to help in the future in stopping some of those problems.

Combating racial and political prejudices has been an integral part of Schwarzenegger’s platform, dating back to his time as governor of California to now, where he advocates to millions of fans and followers through social media and global summits.

Last summer, Schwarzenegger received the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation Award for Fighting Hatred for his advocacy against anti-Semitism.

A recorded version of Schwarzenegger’s conversation at USC can be found on YouTube, titled: “Terminating Hate: Breaking the Cycle of Extremist” posted by USC Price.

For Annenberg Media, I’m Chris Bibona.