What's this week's Think & Drink about?
At 14-years-old, Christian Picciolini went from naive teenager to white supremacist, and soon, the leader of America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead gang. How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out? In this courageous talk, Christian shares a surprising and counterintuitive solution to hate in all forms. After leaving the white-supremacist skinhead movement that he helped build in the 1980s and 90s, Christian Picciolini co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people disengage from violent extremism. His memoir, White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out (Hachette), which details his involvement, and eventual disengagement, from the early American white nationalist movement, will be published on December 26, 2017.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/SSH5EY-W5oM - (20 mins)
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What’s Think & Drink?
Each week we meet up on zoom, break up into small groups, and discuss a brain-stimulating topic with our favorite beverage in hand. Each discussion will be accompanied by a short, < 20-minute video which we all watch before-hand. The short videos are from producers like TED, Vox and Vice Media.
To join, see the zoom instructions below. We'll start off with a quick spiel then split up into small 'breakout' groups of 4 or 5 people. We'll switch every 30 mins or so.
Our conversations are casual and open and we encourage everyone to speak freely, respectfully and concisely. We try out best to stick to Grice's Maxims (https://bit.ly/2p4uSQm). Ultimately, the idea is to help each other think a little differently, learn a thing or two and have some fun.
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7:00 PM: Meet in the Zoom for intros
7:15 PM: Start
9:00 PM: Wrap up