Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Eli Saslow discussed the threat of white nationalism and his 2018 book Rising Out of Hatred, which tells the story of how a prominent white supremacist rejected the ideology after enrolling at a small liberal arts college.
Saslow’s lecture, organized by the Human Rights and Genocide Symposium and funded by Dr. Edward Franks ’72, was held on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Albright Auditorium. The Human Rights and Genocide Symposium is celebrating its 20th anniversary of engaged learning on the Hobart and William Smith campus.
In Rising Out of Hatred, Saslow details the radical transformation of Derek Black, once regarded as the heir apparent of white nationalism. The book follows Black — godson of David Duke, son of Don Black, the founder of the neo-Nazi website Stormfront — as he attends four years as an undergraduate at New College in Florida.
Saslow is a Washington Post staff writer and author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2014 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017.