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The Latvian National Commition for UNESCO and the Latvian Language Agency in Rīga together with Latvia’s Ministry of Culture are organizing a competition titled ”Found in Translation-Rainis and Aspazija”.  In honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of both poets, 2015 has been declared ”Rainis and Aspazijas” year in Latvia.Participating in the ”Found in Translation – Rainis and Aspazija” competition will be five Baltic Studies program students currently studying Latvian at the Scandinavian Department of the University of Washington.  One of these five students will be awarded the main... Read more
Professor Andrew Nestingen has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies effective July 1, 2015. Andy joined the department in 2001 as professor of Scandinavian and Finnish Studies with a research specialization in film and cinema studies.
Norway is often referred to as one of the best places on earth to be a mother. Why? In this course, we will read and write about how mothers and fathers are depicted in a variety of sources, including short stories, poems, newspaper articles, a feminist tract, a film, and a reality television episode. All of these works –taken from the period between 1885 and 2015 grapple with the themes, philosophies, and social constructs of the modern Norwegian family. Sources will be in Norwegian.
On Thursday, April 16th Royal Danish Guards Association, Northwest Danish Association, Danish Club, Danish Brotherhood Lodge #29 and Danish Sisterhood, as well as by the Danish program of the Department of Scandinavian Studies at University of Washington celebrated the 75th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at the Northwest Danish Association Harmony Hall. Close to 75 happy guests, including a group of very happy childern, enjoyed wonderful refreshments from caterer Lori Barber and Danish birthday cake from Larsen Bakery. Thank you to the Danish community, the NWDA, the... Read more
Sofi Oksanen, author of When The Doves Disappeared/
Sofia Oksanen is a Finnish writer with Estonian roots and author of "Purge" that has sold over million copies world wide. Her new book “When the Doves Disappeared” was translated by Seattle based UW alumna Lola Rogers. On the eve of her latest novel’s publication in English, the Finnish publishing sensation talks about divided families, the double occupation of Estonia and ‘Putin’s poodles’. For more information:  
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: