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Olivet College's Byrd to present lecture on massacre in Norway
Sep 16, 2011

Dustin Byrd, assistant professor of humanities at Olivet College, will present a lecture and discussion on events leading to the recent massacre in Norway Monday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. in the college’s Burrage Library Lecture Room. The event is free and open to the public.

On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik attacked the government sector of Oslo, Norway with homemade bombs, resulting in eight deaths. Within hours of the explosions he arrived, disguised as a police officer, at a summer youth camp organized by the Norwegian Labour Party on Utoya island. He opened fire on the adolescent campers, reportedly killing 69 people, with the youngest victim being just 14-years-old.

In his presentation, Byrd will address questions such as: What drove Breivik to kill so many? What motivated his hatred for the Norwegian government, especially the Labour Party? What political and cultural beliefs inspired him to attack those he believed were responsible for cultural Marxism and “Islamification” of Scandinavia?

Breivik penned a manifesto, titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” in which he laid out his claims against multiculturalism, political correctness, the political left and Muslims. Byrd will discuss the writings, as well as current trends within European and Western society that may have influenced Breivik before the massacre.

For more information on the event, call (269) 749-7141.


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