Combating hate will be focus of MLK talk by former violent extremist Jan. 24

Keynote speaker Sammy Rangel will speak Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Ripon College as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Week observance on campus. Rangel, co-founder and executive director of the organization Life After Hate, will highlight best practices and current strategies for working through hate.

His presentation, “In the Face of Hate,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union..

Life After Hate Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded and run by former violent extremists. Its core services stem from the foundation of its members’ reformed ideologies and decades of rare experiential immersion within some of the world’s most violent extremist organizations.

Life After Hate works in the Countering Violent Extremism field, offering outreach, consulting, interventions and support systems for individuals who have successfully disengaged from violent extremism.

Rangel will highlight extraordinary cases of compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation; and explore how to identify and review counterproductive narratives and replace them with productive counter narratives. These counter narratives will both affect and improve the care givers as well as the people they are trying to serve. Through various narrative changes, developing a counter narrative will make the impossible seem possible and produce the outcomes most interventions seek.


Related Posts

Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC

An MLK Day message from our Interim President

Dear Ripon College community: Today marks the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a time when our nation remembers the life […]

Play rehearsal

Ripon College presents theatre production ‘Everybody’

“Everybody,” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a modern adaptation of the classic play “Everyman,” will be presented Dec. 8 to 11 in Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center […]

Steve Bellin-Oka

Ripon’s poet-in-residence will read at celebration event Saturday

Steve Bellin-Oka, Ripon College’s first poet-in-residence, will be one of the readers at Saturday’s Wisconsin’s Own Library Open House held at Ripon. All are welcome […]

Margaret “Peggy” Rozga, left, and Steve Bellin-Oka

Wisconsin’s Own Library, poetry readings featured Nov. 13 at Ripon College

Wisconsin’s Own Library Open House will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Ripon College. The event is sponsored by the General Federation […]

Sammy Rangel