Sunday, May 19, 2013

GTU Women's Studies in Religion would like to inform you of the following event:
Dear Colleagues and Students:
Please join us this Monday at 1pm in CDSP's Gibbs Parlor for a Lunch and Discussion
Realizing this is the last week of the semester and short notice, we still hope some of you can join us for a presentation and conversation on the religious aspects of the terror attack in Norway in 2011. Professor Salomonsen was personally touched by the losses, and as a theologian has committed to exploring the religious aspects of the terrorist Breivik's motivational narrative. She attended most of the public trial last year and has begun to formulate an analysis and response to the questions of religious identity involved in the response to the events.
See the abstract below. We will provide food and drink, or bring your own lunch. Please spread the info widely and invite your students! 
Welcome all,
Marion Grau

Jone Salomonsen, Professor of Theology, University of Oslo
Massacre and theology in Oslo July 22, 2011.   
Over the course of the afternoon of July 22, 2011, a 32-year old Norwegian, Anders Behring Breivik, killed 77 people in and around Oslo. A majority of those killed where social democratic youth, camping on the island of Ut√łya. Dressed as a Norwegian policeman and carrying two heavy bags, Breivik rode the small ferry boat over to the island in the Tyrifjord under the pretext of reporting on the terror attack in Oslo, an attack he had himself orchestrated and perpetrated.  As soon as he stepped foot on the island, Breivik walked towards the camp and began to shoot at everthing that moved. Using a semi-automatic rifle and pistol, he killed sixtyseven campers and injured thirty three others within seventy two minutes.  When a special counter-terrorist police unit cornered him, he gave himself up without resistance, declaring his “mission accomplished.” After the trial in spring 2012, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison and subsequent detention....

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