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Scandinavian Studies will be offering a new class this Spring on Swedish Literary and Cultural History. The course will cover topics from Pippi Longstocking to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. You can learn about Sweden's past and present through literature, traditions, emigration/immigration, films and much more. This course will be taught by Ia Dubois.      
Former Estonian TA Mall Pesti has published and is a co-translator of the first book of Estonian childern’s poems in English – Siilid ja pingviinid. Hedgehogs and Penguins. The 22 poems, printed in both in English and Estonian, represent nine well-known Estonian authors: Juhan Liiv, Viivi Luik, Heljo Mänd, Ellen Niit, Hando Runnel, Ilmar Trull, Leelo Tungal, Jaanus Vaiksoo and Peeter Volkonski. A CD is included with poems recorded in both languages. Mall Pesti is a renowned specialist on Estonian as a foreign language pedagody. She has co-autored the popular Estonian language textbooks E nagu... Read more
In the early 1900’s, Nordic women were among the first women in the world to gain the right to vote and participate fully in public life as intellectuals, cultural critics and writers.   In the first half of the 20th century, modern women writers of the Nordic region often figured as public intellectuals who engaged in debates on women’s new political status as well as on a range of other issues.    Taking Karen Blixen (“Isak Dinesen”) as a central focus, this course will examine Dinesen’s work in relation to that of other modern Nordic women writers such as Astrid Lindgren, Aino Kallas, and... Read more
What is Finnish like among the languages of the world? How and why has Finnish become what is it? A language of which J.R.R. Tolkien said: "Studying Finnish was like discovering a wine-cellar filled with bottles of amazing wine of a kind and flavor never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me." Offered: Spring 2015  
Professor Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams, holder of the Barbro Osher Endowed Chair of Swedish Studies, was elected to be a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities on February 3, 2015.  The Royal Swedish Academy is the oldest Learned Society in Sweden, founded by Queen Lovisa Ulrika in 1753. The Academy supports research in Philology, Literature, and History, and serves as a steward for  Cultural Treasures in Sweden.  Professor Gavel Adams was honored as a corresponding member. More on the website  www.... Read more
Undergraduate Academic Affairs highlights Mitchell Krawczyk, who is taking Danish 102 taught by Graduate Student Kevin Jenson. To learn more about Mitchell's successes at the University of Washington, check out the full story here:
The Society of Slovene Literary Translators has named UW affiliate professor and Slavic librarian Michael Biggins as the recipient of its annual Janko Lavrin Prize, awarded each year for lifetime distinguished contributions to furthering Slovene literature abroad.  Biggins is the translator of more than fifteen major, book-length works of 20th- and 21st-century Slovene literature. The public award ceremony will be held on June 11, 2015, at 8:00pm in the Štih auditorium of the Cankar Arts Center (... Read more
Can you come up with a plan to find new students for first-year Finnish courses (101-103) during 2015-2016? It's worth $400.00, if you can! We are seeking proposals from UW undergraduates that outline a marketing plan to increase enrollments in Finnish 101-103. Here's the deal: Submit a one-page proposal sketching out a marketing campaign that will convince UW undergraduate students to enroll in Finnish 101 -103 during 2015-16 Take a leadership role in executing your winning plan during spring quarter 2015, while also collaborating on the plan with Finnish Program Faculty (Andrew Nestingen... Read more
Julie Ane Ødegaard at the Odegaard Library
Julie Ane Ødegaard is a visiting PhD candidate from the Department of comparative politics at the University of Bergen in Norway. Her main research interests are civic education and political participation among youth. She is currently working on her thesis about mock elections in school with the title:  “Why vote? What students learn about voting in school”. During her research stay Julie will, amongst other things, be visiting high schools to learn more about how civic education is conducted here. She will be staying until mid- June. Are you interested in learning more about the PhD project... Read more
The new website, allows you to join or renew your membership for 2015 online at DANA members are lecturers, professors, independent scholars, graduate students, teaching assistants and administrators at educational institutions in the US and Canada, who engage the Danish language and Danish subject matter in teaching and research in the humanities, social sciences, and cross-disciplinary studies.  DANA will hold its annual luncheon meeting at the annual SASS meeting... Read more