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Nordic or Nazi?

February 27, 2024


Decorah Public Library announces Nordic or Nazi? The Far Right’s Obsession with Medievalism program by Dr. Lindsey Row-Heyveld. 

Decorah Community, Get ready for an intriguing evening at the Decorah Public Library! Join us on February 27th at 6:30 PM for a captivating talk titled “Nordic or Nazi? The Far Right’s Obsession with Medievalism,” presented by the knowledgeable Dr. Lindsey Row-Heyveld from Luther College. 

Ever noticed those Viking tattoos and wondered why they’re a thing in white supremacist groups? Or why there’s this fascination with medieval Scandinavia among these circles? Dr. Row-Heyveld is here to shed light on these questions. Her lecture is all about exploring how medieval Europe, especially Scandinavia, has become a surprising source of inspiration for white supremacist ideologies. 

This evening is more than just a lecture; it’s a chance to understand the complex interplay of history and modern social issues. Find out why these medieval stories and symbols matter today and what we can do about their current misuse, especially for a town home to Nordic Fest, The Decorah Vikings, Vesterheim Museum, and the Luther Norse.  

This event is free to all, making it a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in history, culture, or contemporary social issues to gain new insights. We’re excited to bring this thought-provoking discussion to the community and hope you’ll join us for an enlightening experience. 

For further details, feel free to contact Decorah Public Library. 

About Dr. Lindsey Row-Heyveld:

Dr. Row-Heyveld, an Associate Professor of English at Luther College, is a specialist in medieval literature and culture whose work centers on tracing narratives that connect the past and present. Her expertise makes her an ideal guide for exploring these complex topics. 

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