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German Studies in Denmark: Obligations, Possibilities and Co-operations Birthe Hoffmann, University of Copenhagen & Adam Paulsen, University of Southern Denmark will give a brief outlook on the situation of German Studies in Denmark today, followed by some examples of research and teaching topics that explore cultural relations between Denmark and Germany. They will conclude with a glimpse into two interconnected research fields, that we have recently contributed to: Literary reflections on the German-Danish War 1864 (Fontane/Drachmann) and World War I in Danish... Read more
UW President Ana-Mari Cauce
September 5, 2017 Today we learned that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will come to an end in six months unless there is legislative action to protect it. This decision could have extremely serious consequences for students on all three of our campuses who are an integral part of our community. I want to reassure every affected person that if DACA ends, the University of Washington will do everything within its power to minimize the disruption to your lives and education. We also support all efforts to restore the protections that DACA has provided,... Read more
The Department of Scandinavian Studies proudly announces that Elena Donaldson has been awarded the Dean’s Medal 2017 in the Humanities.  Elena is a triple major in Swedish, Sociology and Communication, including a minor in Diversity. She has completed this feat within the regular four-year undergraduate period and with a GPA of 3.98.  Elena is a Phi Beta Kappa and also was invited into Alpha Kappa Delta—an international sociology honors organization. She also devoted time to studies at the Uppsala International Summer Session during the summer of 2015.   Elena’s written exams have proven her... Read more
Eriks Esenvalds
Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds told the story of his journey to the north,and the people of Norway, Finland, Sápmi, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Greenland, and Alaska whose songs and stories are woven into the symphony. Conductor Richard Nance traced the symphony’s path to its North American premiere at Pacific Lutheran University in March 2017. (Photo from left to right: Baltic Studies Professor Guntis Smidchens, Adjunct Assistant Professor Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, Professor Richard Nance)
Mimi Nielsen
PhD department affiliate Mimi Nielsen recently received a major award from SWEA San Francisco. In a unanimous decision by the SWEA San Francisco board, Mimi will receive a $7,500 cash prize to continue her work on her disseration on Swedish author Emilie Flygare-Carlén. Her working dissertation, “Intolerable Affect: Intensity in Emilie Flygare-Carlén’s Novels and Contemporary Reception” addresses the trans-Scandinavian reception of  Flygare-Carlén’s novels. Congratulations Mimi!
Finnish lecturer Ilmari Ivaska was recently named Researcher of the Month by Kielipankki – The Language Bank of Finland, a service for researchers using language resources. Congratulations Ilmari! To read the full interview, click here.
Join us for our Graduation Reception on June 8 at the University of Washington Club from 4-6PM. 
In an article recently published in The Seattle Times, Professor Andrew Nestingen says that the National Endowment for the Arts and other federally sponsored arts and culture agencies are vital to building a more connected world. According to Nestingen, people trained in arts and humanities "know how to bridge divides between people" and "are better positioned to build strong communities."  Read the full article here...
Senator Patty Murray with Jon Hiskes, Lela Hilton, and Andrew Nestingen
Andrew Nestingen visited the Washington State Congressional Delegation to speak to them about the importance of supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Fulbright-Hays and Title VI, which support the study of foreign language and advanced research in foreign languages. Hundreds of Scandianvian Studies students have benefitted from these federal programs during the last 50 years. Nestingen's visit was part of Humanities Advocacy Day,... Read more
In an article recently published on the KCTS blog, undergraduate Danish minor Gabriela Capestany writes about her study abroad experience in Denmark. While there, she learned about Danish concept of hygge, loosly translated as "coziness." She shares tips on how to practice and embrace hygge your everyday life. Click here to read the full article.