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Speaker to Discuss White Power Movement, Hate Culture

September 14, 2009 — Pete Simi, the University of Wyoming Department of Criminal Justice 2009 William D. Griffith speaker, will discuss the White Power Movement and hate culture Thursday, Sept. 17, at 1:20 in Room 306 of the UW Classroom Building.

Simi's lecture, "American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement's Hidden Spaces of Hate," examines how neo-Nazi groups persist in the United States and the connection between hate culture and extremist violence. The lecture follows the subject of his book with the same title, which will be available in December.

Simi is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. His research focuses on juvenile delinquency and gangs, hate crime and hate groups, violence, social movements and social psychology. In recent years he has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork with neo-Nazi groups across the United States.

He has published a series of articles that examine organizational dynamics, criminal activity, and the white power music scene. In 2006, Simi was awarded a grant from the Department of Justice to study recruitment strategies among white supremacist terror groups.

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009

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