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Reformed extremist, now Global Peace Advocate Picciolini to share story at MVCC
Nov 6, 2018
Reformed extremist and Global Peace Advocate Christian Picciolini will give the lecture “White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement — and How I Got Out” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica Campus. Admission is $10 general, $5 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.
Picciolini, an Emmy Award-winning director and producer, published author, and TEDx speaker, is a reformed extremist who left a violent hate movement and began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life. His involvement in, and eventual exit from, the early American white supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir, “White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement — And How I Got Out.” In 2009, he co-founded Life After Hate, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities and organizations implement long-term solutions that counter racism and violent extremism. As featured on “Fresh Air” and the TEDx stage, Picciolini’s story offers a look inside the world of violent hate groups by a one-time white supremacist leader who, shaken by a personal tragedy, realized the error of his ways and abandoned his destructive life to become an anti-hate activist. Learn more at christianpicciolini.com.
Tickets for all Cultural Series events can be purchased in person at the MVCC Box Office, Information Technology Building room 106, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, and at the College Stores on the Utica and Rome Campuses; online any time at www.mvcc.edu/tickets; or over the phone by calling 315-731-5721. Most Cultural Series events are $5 or less to the general public and many are free. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. The Cultural Series is brought to you by MVCC’s Cultural Events Council, in collaboration with MVCC’s Program Board, with significant support from the Student Activity Fee. The series maintains a major social media presence that can be followed on Facebook at “MVCC Cultural Series.” For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture.
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