Christian Picciolini in Conversation with Nora Flanagan

Resources for Continued Learning

Former Extremist and Peace Advocate Christian Picciolini discussed his latest book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, as well as efforts to counter white nationalist recruitment with Chicago Public Schools teacher and organizer Nora Flanagan. Together, they have compiled additional reading and resources for those interest in further exploration of this topic.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Breaking Hate, please consider supporting our local independent bookstore, The Bookstall, and place an order through their website.

Video Recording

Christian Picciolini's conversation with Nora Flanagan, hosted by Wilmette Public Library, is available to view for those who were unable attend. 

If you are interested in getting involved in Christian's work, please visit the following resources:

RAIN-Racial Awareness in the North Shore

HEROS-Healing Everyday Racism in Our Schools


Online Articles and Resources

"Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to Movement" A lesson plan from the Antidefamation League.

Teaching Tolerance: Race and Ethnicity Resources This page from the Southern Poverty Law Center provides articles and talking points for having conversations about race. 

PERIL and SPLC guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers about online radicalization

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Western States Center's toolkit on Confronting White Nationalism in Schools

White Nationalism Explainer from Facing History and Ourselves 

“Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons” Op-Ed from New York Times

“This is How White Supremacy Comes To Your Neighborhood” Blog post from Scary Mommy

Culturally Responsible Leadership-40+ Books for AntiRacist Teachers


Further Reading

Dispatches from the Race War by Tim Wise

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism by Christian Picciolini

White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Extremist Movement—and How I Got Out by Christian Picciolini

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy by Talia Lavin 


About the Presenters

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. Christian chronicles his involvement and exit from the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement in his memoir, White American Youth. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network, and has helped over 300 individuals leave hate behind. He showcases his disengagement work in a second book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, published in February 2020 by Hachette Books, as well as the MSNBC documentary series of the same name.

Nora Flanagan is a veteran high school English teacher in Chicago and has researched and organized against racism for decades. Efforts have included speaking to law enforcement and other government agencies, school administrations, community groups, and media outlets about the intersection of bigotry and youth culture. Nora is also a Senior Fellow with the Western States Center, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, working nationally to confront hate groups and strengthen inclusive democracy. She recently co-authored Confronting White Nationalism in Schools, a toolkit designed to help schools thoughtfully and effectively respond to incidents of racial hostility and proactively strengthen school communities.

If you would like to support the work Christian is doing, please consider donating to the Free Radicals Project.


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