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Prepared with knowledge from world leaders in welfare, business, and gender equity, our alumni pursue twenty-first-century careers in academia, law, international business, STEM, and other industries.

We'd love to hear what our former students are up to!  Fill out the alumni update form to send us your news, and tell us if you'd like to be included in our Alumni Profiles section. You can also follow us on LinkedIn and visit our Stay Connected page to learn about other ways to connect with our department.

Alumni News

Andy, Ella, and Willa Nestingen
December 13, 2019
Taking a look back at 2019, it has been full of achievement and excitement. We are delighted to welcome new faculty members this fall -- Lecturer in Lithuanian Eglė Vaisėtaitė and Instructor in Norwegian Dr. Andy Meyer. Our language classes increased in enrollment this fall, reversing a downward trend. And our projects are enjoying increasing popularity and recognition with awards. Eglė comes to us from Vilnius University, where her work has focused on Lithuanian as a... Read more
Baltic Studies 25th Anniversary
December 11, 2019
The UW Baltic Studies Program celebrated its 25th Anniversary on April 26, 2019.To celebrate, Baltic program alumni and past instructors flew in from California, Maine, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Estonia and Latvia, joining current students, faculty, administrators, and community supporters at the Husky Union Building for an intensive day of history-making.Up to now, nobody had written down the program’s history. The event aimed to fill this gap by crowd-sourcing memories: A series of forty speakers... Read more
Alumnus Chris Morris
August 28, 2019
Alumnus Chris Morris will be attending a conference on behalf of the architecture firm, Arkkitehtitoimisto ALA Oy, to join an Urban Lab in Brampton, Ontario in discussing solutions to North American cities in the context of Nordic urbanism and sustainability September 10-12, 2019. Morris will be sitting on a panel... Read more
Guntis Smidchens speaking at Baltic Studies 25th Anniversary event
June 10, 2019
Written by Richard Wiest On April 26, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Studies Program in the department, founders, fund-raisers, former and current students and teachers and an array of other supporters joined the festivities for an interesting and stimulating all-day event led by the program head, our own Prof. Guntis  Šmidchens. The Muse of Nordic Sagas was fleetingly seen to be hovering over the proceedings.  Hence: Eddas both poetic and prosaic- Snorri broadened the... Read more
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May 28, 2019
Andrew Nestingen, chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies, weighs in on how Nordic culture has influenced Seattle culture. Featured on The Seattle Times 
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May 8, 2019
This week in the arts, examine up-close a selection of Peruvian textiles from the Henry’s collection, attend a lecture about Nordic innovation at the Nordic Museum, and more! Featured on UW News 
the quad with cherry blossoms
February 21, 2019
So proud of our College of Arts & Sciences Fulbright recipients! Check out all the exciting places they are headed in the year ahead. Featured on UW News 
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December 7, 2018
UW Scandinavian Studies Department's Lotta Gavel Adams unfolds the evolution of trolls in literature from fearsome forest-dwellers to friendly beings—and back again. Featured on The Whole U 
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December 5, 2018
A UW professor offers a complete history of Scandinavia's mythical beasts. Featured on The Stranger 
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
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