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Alumni News

Andrew Nestingen
October 17, 2018
  The Department of Scandinavian Studies begins an exciting new phase in 2018-19. The department has many new faces, with two new lecturers and four new graduate students. At the same time, our established faculty are innovating in their teaching and bringing out new publications. And we are renewing one of our core strengths: community partnership. We have teamed up with the Nordic Museum to organize the lecture series Scandinavian 30, we are undertaking an alumni stories project about what... Read more
Dr. Kimberly Earles
October 15, 2018
Dr. Kimberly Earles will be leading the "Alumni Story Project" during autumn 2018. The purpose of the project is to gather stories about Scandinavian Studies alums' lives, their incredible adventures and professional achievements. Today's students want to know, "What did you do with Scandinavian Studies?" "How did it help you?" Help us answer their questions! The department will use material from the alumni story project to recruit and retain new students.     Kim says, "I am very excited about... Read more
grad reception
October 14, 2016
Scandinavian Studies Alumni Reception Connect with fellow alumni, current faculty and graduate students over light hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. Plus, an appearance from a very special UW guest! Friday, November 4, 20164 to 6 p.m.UW Club | Colleen Room4020 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195 Please Register by October 27. Questions? Contact Tina Swenson... Read more
From Convergence to Conflict: Labor Markets and the Instability of the Euro
May 11, 2016
Professor Alison Johnston graduated from the UW in 2005 with majors in Swedish and economics. Just eleven years later, she has a doctorate from the London School of Economics, is an assistant professor of political science at Oregon State University, and is coming out with her first book. Cornell University Press is publishing her ... Read more
Wade Hollingshaus
March 21, 2016
Wade Hollingshaus spoke on Finnish artist Erkki Kurenniemi on 25 February 2016. Kurenniemi has been a lively and provocative performance artist, musician, composer, filmmaker, early computer prograrmer, and inventor since the 1960s. He has built an archive of his activities and work, which seeks to record the totality of his life. On his 107th birthday, in 2048, Kurennienmi has given... Read more
Mark Mussari
February 22, 2016
Scandinavian Studies Department alum Mark Mussari has published a new book, Danish Modern, with Bloomsbury. Dr. Mussari is an independent scholar, freelance writer, literary translator and consultant living in Tuscon, AZ. Danish Modern explores the development of mid-century modernist design in Denmark from historical, analytical and theoretical... Read more
Special Guests Lola Rogers and Johanna Sinisalo
October 27, 2015
The Department of Scandinavian Studies' Finnish Program celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary the evening of 23 October 2015. Special guests included Finlandia-Prize winning author Johanna Sinisalo and her translator and Finnish-Program alumna Lola Rogers. Attendees included program students and friends, program supporters, Finnish Program board members, program and department faculty, Mr.... Read more
Wade Hollinghaus
July 20, 2015
Scandinavian Studies Department alumnus Wade Hollinghaus (MA, 2000) was appointed chair of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University. We heartily congratulate Wade on his continued success” (Link to Wikipedia page on Wade:  
March 18, 2015
Former Estonian TA Mall Pesti has published and is a co-translator of the first book of Estonian children’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... Read more
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September 26, 2014
Alumni Beth Meberg Since graduation Beth Meberg has been working primarily in the film and television industry. Currently, Beth an Associate Producer on the Travel Channel original series "Expedition Unknown". Previously she worked on A&E’s Emmy-nominated “Hoarders” and various narrative and commercial projects. Her passions for Scandinavian Studies and Norwegian language have... Read more