The Cal State San Bernardino Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism will present “Inside the Minds of Haters and Killers,” a talk featuring Pete Simi, who knew the shooter in the Wisconsin Sikh temple killings in August.
The presentation by Simi, a criminal justice professor from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon at CSUSB’s Pfau Library, room PL-13. Though free and open to the public, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture also will be taped for broadcast.
Simi, who also is on the board for the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and is the co-author of the book “American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate,” had extensive long-term contact with Wade Michael Page, the gunman in the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting on Aug. 5 that left six people dead. Page, according to authorities, died at the temple from a self-inflicted gunshot.
Simi first met Page in 2001, when he was conducting fieldwork studying white supremacist groups in Southern California. Simi spent time with Page, who played in a band that played “hate rock” (music with lyrics based on white supremacist/neo-Nazi ideology) from 2001 through 2003.
That relationship was detailed in an interview of Simi by Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center of Study of Hate and Extremism, and can be read at “Exclusive: Interview with professor who extensively studied alleged Wisconsin mass killer,” published in The Huffington Post on Aug. 7.
Each year the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism brings speakers to campus with extensive expertise in its area of research. The Oct. 24 presentation is also being presented by the CSUSB Academic Computing and Media Department; the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its dean, Jamal Nassar; and the CSUSB Department of Criminal Justice and its chair, Larry Gaines.
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