Roane State hosts “The Cure for Hate” educational film screening and panel discussion

Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus will screen a documentary film titled “The Cure for Hate: Bearing Witness to Auschwitz” on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, followed by a panel discussion sponsored by the college’s Arts and Lectures Committee. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET in room 107 of the Goff Building.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to attend the free event. Special guests for the post-screening panel discussion include documentary subject Tony McAleer, filmmaker Peter Hutchison, and retired chief of the FBI’s Civil Rights Unit Cynthia M. Deitle, JD, LLM.

The filmfollows McAleer, a former Neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier, who went on to become a founding member of the anti-hate activist group Life After Hate.

“Profoundly aware and deeply ashamed of the lineage of hate he had once promoted, Tony had long-contemplated traveling to Auschwitz to bear witness to the inconceivable ravages of the Holocaust and deepen his personal work against the rise of extremist politics,” the film’s description states.

“This project documents his profoundly personal journey of atonement to Auschwitz/Birkenau – exploring the conditions that allowed for the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe; shedding a unique light upon how men get into, and out of, violent extremist groups; and serving as a cautionary tale for our time that underscores the dangers in allowing hate to be left unchecked.”

Award-winning production companyEat the Moon Films is bringing this event to Roane State, in partnership with the RSCC Arts and Lectures Committee.

According to a statement from the production company, the film and event were also made possible thanks to a grant from The Center for Prevention Programs & Partnerships “Targeted Violence & Terrorism Prevention Program.”

For information on this and other events sponsored by the Roane State Arts and Lectures Committee, visit roanestate.edu/artsandlectures.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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