CWBF and Veninga Lecture on Religion and Society: Life After Hate
The Central Wisconsin Book Festival is collaborating with the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service for its 2019 Veninga Lecture on Religion and Society and the first event of the book festival!
How does a former skinhead form a friendship with a Sikh and create a group to promote peace and service to others? Hear the powerful story of a friendship between two men that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate.
Arno Michaelis was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead
organization in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His life turned
around when he became a single parent and was befriended
by the people he once hated. Pardeep Singh Kaleka lost
his father in 2012 as a result of a mass shooting by a white
supremacist at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Kaleka
reached out to Michaelis to try to understand the mindset of
white supremacists. The two quickly formed a strong bond,
creating Serve 2 Unite, an organization that engages students
in creative service.
This event, which takes place at the Wausau East High School Auditorium, will be the kickoff to the 2019 Central Wisconsin Book Festival, which includes more events Sept. 26-29 in the Wausau area.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the WIPPS website or call 715-261-6368.
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