Uncommon Friendships Event

A First Stage event - in partnership with Hours Against Hate, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

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Join us for an evening of discovery, facilitated by Dominic Inouye with special guest speakers Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis

Friday, March 29, 2019
5 - 7pm
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
Admission is free

Building upon the theme of uncommon friendships explored in BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, hear our guest speakers sharing their story of uncommon friendship – and participate in fun and dynamic theater and group activities that will lead to reflection and discovery.

Our Guest Speakers

 Arno Michaelis and Pardeep KalekaPardeep Kaleka lost his father Satwant Singh Kaleka in the August 5, 2012 Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting. In 2012, Pardeep founded Serve 2 Unite, an organization that engages communities in peacemaking to address violence, conflict, and radicalization.

Arno Michaelis is a former white supremacist who helped to start a gang back in the late 1980s that produced the August 5 shooter. Single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shownby people he once hated, all helped to turn Arno’s life around, bringing him to embrace diversity and practice gratitude for all life. He’s grateful to share his journey of transformation by working as an educator with Serve 2 Unite.

Our Facilitator

Dominic InouyeDominic Inouye is the founder and director of ZIP MKE. His 2017 UWM TEDX Talk introduced the community-building “raft” conceptthat was integral to his teaching for 22 years at Marquette University, Pius XI High School, and The Prairie School in Racine.



This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited – reservations are first come, first served. 
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For more information, contact Lucia Lozano, Community Engagement Manager at llozano@firststage.org or (414) 267-2982.