Life After Extremism

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Sky Room Café Sat, Nov 5 5:00 PM


Extremism: Confronting Hate Without Fear

Life After Extremism

Saturday, November 5th at 5:00 PM - Click Here to Purchase a Full Weekend Package!

Members & Students (w/ID) $10 | Public $15 | Young Film Fan Members $5

Join us for a panel discussion with leading experts. Featuring short films developed by Life After Hate for the United States Department of Homeland Security. Moderated by Patrick Riccards, CEO Life After Hate.

Patrick Riccards is chief executive officer of Life After Hate, a leader in the violence intervention community and the first nonprofit in the United States dedicated to helping individuals disengage from violent far-right hate groups and hateful online spaces.

Pat is also the founder of the Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement, a national effort transforming the teaching and learning of American history and civics through provocative, relevant video content. He is a former university Vice President and served as the chief communications and strategy officer for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He has held numerous senior leadership positions in the education and community engagement spaces. Patrick regularly speaks on the intersections of policy, research, media, and engagement and is the author or ghost author of work that has appeared in hundreds of publications, including USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, and Education Week.

About Life After Hate:

We were founded by former violent extremists—mostly from the far-right. We spent years of our lives committed to the idea that violence is the best way to make lasting political and social change. But eventually we learned that this way of thinking is counterproductive, exhausting, and dangerous. And it was costing us way more than we were willing to pay. The people we help today find themselves on a similar journey. Many of them realize that violent extremism has led them to a place they don’t feel good about. Often, they feel like it’s holding them back. We don’t talk about ideology. We help guide people to a place where they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families—without all the noise bouncing around the internet, on online forums and social media. For more information, visit