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Event Name:Row-Heyveld Gives Vesterheim Presentation on Tattoos, Symbols, and Social Issues
Event Type(s):Member Event
Community Event
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Description:Lindsey Row-Heyveld to find out how symbols intersect with the social issues of our time during the presentation “Tattoos, Medievalism, and White Nationalism” on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olin Building, Room 102 at Luther College.
Event Date:10/29/2019
Event Time:7:00PP.M.
Location:Luther College - Olin Building
700 College Dr
Room 102
Decorah, IA 52101

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Details:            Row-Heyveld will explore how and why fantasies of medieval Europe, especially Scandinavia, have fueled the fires of white supremacy—and what to do in response.

            This Vesterheim event is in partnership with the Luther College Nordic Studies Department and is presented in connection with the museum’s exhibit “Tattoo: Identity Through Ink,” sponsored by Nick and Courtney Rowley, with community partners Brock’s Valhalla Tattoo and Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

            Row-Heyveld is an Assistant Professor of English at Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa. In her teaching and in her research, Professor Row-Heyveld is passionate about finding new pathways into unfamiliar worlds.

            The exhibit tells the story of tattoos and the people who have them. For more than 5,000 years, tattoos have been used to document the history of humanity. Today, tattoos have never been more popular, but they are so much more than decoration. Of course there is a Scandinavian connection–with celebrated artists like Norwegian Johan Frederik Knudsen and Norwegian-American Amund Dietzel, but it also looks more deeply at the traditions of body ornamentation in other cultures and connections to them. The exhibit is open through April 26, 2020.

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            Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, in scenic Decorah, Iowa, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and explores the American immigrant experience. This national treasure includes world-class exhibitions and 12 historic buildings. It is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.
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