Sunday, March 5, 2017
"Life After Hate: One Man's Transformation from Violent Extremist to Proponent of Peace"
Christian Picciolini, author of "Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead," will discuss how he went from being a "good kid" to being one of the leaders of the violent neo-nazi skinhead movement and how he found his way out. He will also discuss the work of his organization, Life After Hate, which works to counter the seeds of hate that its members once planted.
About Christian Picciolini:
Christian Picciolini is an Emmy® Award-winning television producer, a prolific public speaker, a published author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good.
After leaving the violent far-right hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began painstaking process of rebuilding his life. Picciolini earned a degree in International Relations from DePaul University, began his own global entertainment and media firm, and was appointed a member of the Chicago Grammy Rock Music Committee and board member for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest).
In 2016, Christian won an Emmy® Award for directing and producing ExitUSA's "There is life after hate" PSA, and has been nominated for four regional Emmy® Awards for his role as executive producer of JBTV, one of America’s longest-running nationally broadcast music television programs. He was appointed as a United Nations-affiliated ambassador for iChangeNations and was honored with a Statesman award. Christian has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level, and as the community partnerships manager for Threadless, a company that combines a thriving online art community with a highly successful e-commerce business model. Additionally, in 2013, he contributed to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen's New York Times best seller, "The New Digital Age."
Most notably, in 2009 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and organizations gain the knowledge necessary to implement long-term solutions that counter all types of racism and violent extremism. In 2015, he published his memoirs, "Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead."
An explorer by nature, Picciolini loves to learn new things and thrives on challenging himself with “positive disruptive thinking.” He values kindness, unselfishness, sincerity, and respect for all people, and believes that small ideas can change the world.
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