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Alumni Story Project Head, Dr. Kimberly Earles
October 15, 2018
Dr. Kimberly Earles will be leading the "Alumni Story Project" during winter 2019. 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
Pétur Valsson
September 9, 2019
In his Ph.D. dissertation “Elevating the Ugly,” doctoral candidate Pétur Valsson examines the visual aspects of Lars von Trier’s films, especially in regard to how the director uses film technology, both old and new, to obstruct visual pleasure and degenerate or destroy the filmic image. Through this study of von Trier's iconoclasm, Valsson also reconsiders the place of the director's work in the context of avant-garde and modernist traditions in filmmaking and art, a connection that has been... 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
Holding hands around Drumheller Fountain
August 27, 2019
Community members gathered around UW's Drumheller Fountain on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 2:00 pm, to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Baltic Way.   Back in 1989, a million people joined hands in a 600-kilometer chain through the capital cities of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, nonviolently asserting the right to free speech and free assembly, and demonstrating their desire for independence. 
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
Steven Murray
April 12, 2019
Our dear colleague and friend Steven Murray passed away in late March 2018. Steve and his wife Tiina Nunnally, translators par excellence, affiliates and cherished friends of the UW Department of Scandinavian Studies have enriched and transformed the North American field of Scandinavian literature through their masterful English translations of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish literary classics and crime fiction. Steve will be greatly missed. As a department, we offer our sincere condolences to... Read more
Sons of Norway Logo
December 27, 2018
The Sons of Norway Foundation awards approximately 25 scholarships to promising students each year. These programs promote cultural exchange and support higher education to help students follow their dreams. For more information on the scholarships offered and to apply, visit
Nov. 8th gathering to honor Kim Nesselquist  (L-R) Rick Peterson, Andy Nestingen, Krystn Nesselquist, Kim Nesselquist, Eric Nelson, Kristiina Hiukka, and Terje Leiren
December 17, 2018
 We were saddened to learn that Honorary Consul of Norway Kim Nesselquist passed away on the morning of Friday, Dec. 7. Kim was a great friend of the UW Scandinavian Studies Department, and we will miss him very much. Norway’s Ambassador to the US his excellency Kåre Aas wrote, “Norway has lost a champion. Kim’s warm spirit will live on through his family, his legacy and the Norwegian-American community.” Kim was a long-time member of the Scandinavian Studies Department Advisory Board, and also... Read more
Statue of Henrik Ibsen
December 11, 2018
The ISA undergraduate essay prize has been established to recognize outstanding student essays on the dramatic works of Henrik Ibsen. We invite students to submit essays of at least 2000 words that were written as coursework in any type of undergraduate course during the calendar year 2018. The author of the winning essay will be awarded $500, and there can also be an honorable mention award of $250. Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019 The graduate travel stipend has been established to... Read more
Scandinavian30 Poster
October 25, 2018
Scandinavian 30 is a series of free, thirty-minute talks by UW Scandinavian Studies faculty held on the second Thursday of each month at the Nordic Museum. Grab a drink at Café Freya and find out what you really need to know to understand Scandinavia!  The Scandinavian Studies Department and the Nordic Museum have been partners since the museum’s founding in 1980. The Scandinavian 30 series renews this partnership bringing together Museum staff, audiences and UW students and faculty to share in... Read more