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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
Kim Kraft
October 23, 2018
Kim Kraft is the new undergraduate adviser for the Scandinavian Studies Department. She brings over a decade of experience in academic advising from her previous work in the UW Honors Program, Edmonds Community College, and Olympic College. Kim is proudly a "Double Dawg" with her BA in Communications, and her MA in Scandinavian Language and Literature, from UW. She also has a MS in Education from Old Dominion University.    Kim encourages all undergraduate students who are interested in the... Read more
Recognition ceremony for Georg and Nina Pedersen
October 22, 2018
On 27 September 2018, the Georg and Nina Pedersen Endowed Faculty Fund for Danish Studies was established by a signing of documents at the kitchen table of the Pedersen’s home. An initial donation of $50,000 established the new fund. It was the culmination of a conversation that began when Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited the UW in early May for the the panel discussion on Women’s Economic Empowerment.  Women’s equality is a cause that is near and dear to the heart of... Read more
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
Vilkaci with oak planted by the Honorary Consul of Latvia
October 17, 2018
On October 10th and 11th, “Vilkači” (‘Werewolves'), one of the most well-known Latvian folk bands, visited Seattle with the concert program “Ak, Latvija, kur tavi dēli?” (‘Oh, Latvia, where are your sons?’). The group also gave brief lessons about Baltic tribes, ancient Latvian life, beliefs, military traditions, and singing culture. This was the first event of their North American tour organized by the cultural association TILTS in cooperation with local Latvian organizations. The concert took... Read more
Lauren Poyer
October 16, 2018
Lauren Poyer joined the faculty this fall. She is a PhD candidate in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lauren is teaching Norwegian and Scandinavian Mythology this quarter. To get to know her a little better graduate student Connie Amundson posed a few questions.  Q: What drew you to studying your medieval nordic subjects of folklore and mythology? A: I came to medieval Scandinavia through the language, in one sense. I started learning Icelandic on a lark in... Read more
Solvita Pošeiko, Visiting Lecturer of Latvian
October 16, 2018
The visiting lecturers in our department are passionate about language, and have devoted their careers to teaching it. This year we have a new Visiting Lecturer of Latvian so we thought asking some questions would be a good way to get to know Solvita Pošeiko. Q: How long have you been teaching Latvian? A: I have been teaching Latvian as a foreign language for five years. This includes courses of various levels (A1-C1) and lengths for exchange students at Rēzekne Academy of Technologies... Read more
Copenhagen Classroom 2018
October 16, 2018
This Summer the Copenhagen Classroom study abroad program was revived. During August, 14 students and several UW faculty were exploring the topic of 'Migration and Diversity - Denmark in Europe Today’. Under the leadership of visiting lecturer of Danish Kristian Næsby and Professor Marianne Stecher the students met significant cultural personalities, academics, authors and film makers, and experts on built environments.   The Copenhagen Classroom is taught onsite in Copenhagen, and explores to... Read more
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
October 16, 2018
On May 4th Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark gave a keynote speech on women’s economic empowerment to a packed auditorium in UWs Kane Hall. The topic was her own; Denmark’s Crown Princess is a champion of women’s rights and a member of the Leadership Council of International Center for Research on Women.   The Crown Princess was accompanied to the UW by Denmark’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, Ambassador Lars Gert Lose as well as embassy staff.  The distinguished... Read more