Turning Toward Compassion

October 22 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

On October 22, Compassionate Fox Cities and Appleton Public Library will team up to present the second annual Compassionate Fox Cities Symposium. This year's theme is Turning Toward Compassion.

An article, "Sikh Temple Attack Unites Victim’s Son, Former Racist", appeared in the August 15, 2013 edition of The Post-Crescent. The article related the unlikely alliance that was formed between Arno Michaelis, former white supremacist and Pardeep Kaleka, son of an Oak Creek shooting victim, six weeks after a white supremacist gunned down Kaleka’s father and five others at the Oak Creek Sikh temple during the summer of 2012. Michaelis admitted he contributed so heavily to the white-power movement in the early 1990s that he may have somehow influenced the shooter, even though he left the movement in 1995. The two men teamed up to create Serve2Unite, a community group that spreads a message of peace and compassion. Arno Michaelis has written a raw account of his involvement with the white supremacist movement, My Life after Hate. Michaelis and Kaleka will be the keynote speakers at the Compassionate Fox Cities Symposium in the Appleton Public Library’s lower level meeting room. Funding for the Symposium will be provided by Compassionate Fox Cities with support from Toward Community and 91.1 The Avenue. The program is free and open to the public.

Arno Michaelis will also be our featured presenter at "Meet Wisconsin Authors" the same day from 2:00-3:00 pm at Appleton Public Library. Copies of My Life after Hate will be for sale at the morning and afternoon sessions. A book signing is scheduled at the conclusion of the presentation. Funding for "Meet Wisconsin Authors" is provided by the Friends of Appleton Public Library. For further information contact Elizabeth Eisen at 832-6392 or eeisen@apl.org.

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