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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
Scandinavian 30 Logo
December 13, 2019
After an incredibly well-attended first year, the Scandinavian 30 lecture series returned to the National Nordic Museum for the 2019-20 academic year. Scand30 is a collaboration between the Department of Scandinavian Studies and the National Nordic Museum: short, snappy, 30-minute lectures by Scandinavian Studies faculty at the Museum every second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM, free and open to the public.  With the 2010s drawing to a close, it seems that all three of the lecturers this... Read more
Amanda Doxtater and students in the studio
December 13, 2019
Crossing North is a podcast hosted and produced by folklorist Colin Gioia Connors and funded by the Department of Scandinavian Studies. Each episode follows a single story with a Scandinavian angle, and many with a Pacific Northwest twist.  After a successful first 2018-19 season of six episodes with topics ranging from the Singing Revolution in the Baltics to what American education systems might stand to learn from Finland, Crossing North was greenlit for second season,... 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
Eglė Vaisėtaitė
December 10, 2019
Another one of our many new faces for 2019 is Lithuanian instructor Eglė Vaisėtaitė Tell us a little about yourself: where is home, what is your field of study/expertise, what is yourbackground, etc. I was born in a little heart shape country Lithuania. As a kid, I was dreaming to become a teacher one day. But later my intention has changed, I didn’t want to be a teacher anymore. After graduation, I didn’t know what I want to do next. Although I had an idea of... Read more
Andy Meyer making lefse
December 9, 2019
Please welcome our new Norwegian instructor, Andy Meyer! Where is home, what is your field of study/expertise, what is your background, etc. I grew up in northern Iowa, but moved to Seattle in 2004 after finishing college at Luther College in Decorah, IA founded by Norwegians in 1861). My Ph.D. is actually in English (from UW in 2010), where I studied American literature, primarily poetry and poetics, from an ecocritical perspective. Due in large part to my family background, I've studied... Read more
Kaija Kauppinen
December 9, 2019
Get to know our new Finnish Language Teaching Assistant Kaija Kauppinen! Kaija is at the UW on a Fulbright scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year, assisting with our Finnish language courses. Tell us a little about your background: Originally, I’m  from a small town called Valkeakoski, near Tampere in southern/western Finland. I did my BA in Swedish Language at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu. After that, I continued my studies at the University of Turku – I’m an MA... Read more
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December 5, 2019
The Scandinavian Department, together with the Center for West European Studies was pleased to welcome Ambassador Jan Store to campus on November 20. Ambassador Store visited our Finnish and Swedish language classes, met with students, and gave a very well-attended lecture on the future of the EU.  Ambassador Store has a comprehensive knowledge and experience of the European Union. He acted as Finland's permanent representative to the EU from 2008 to 2013, and deputy permanent representative... Read more
Andrew Nestingen and Stefan Lindström
December 3, 2019
This November, our very own Professor and Chair Andy Nestingen was bestowed a knighthood in the Order of the Lion of Finland, recognizing his leadership and accomplishments in promoting Finnish language and culture in Seattle and the United States. On November 21, Prof. Nestingen was awarded by Consul Stefan Lindström, on behalf of Finnish president Sauli Niinistö at a ceremony attended by his family, colleagues, community members, and Finnish dignitaries. Congratulations to Andy! We are... Read more
Andrew Nestingen Scandinavian Studies Lion of Finland
November 21, 2019
Andrew Nestingen (right), chair of the UW's Department of Scandinavian Studies, receives the Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland from Stefan Lindström, Finland's Los Angeles-based Consul General. Media credit: Connor Klentschy; instagram @connor.klentschy Andrew Nestingen, the UW’s chair in Scandinavian Studies, can now add the honor “Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland” to his list of accomplishments. During a... Read more

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