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Sean Eckard and Starship robot
February 24, 2020
On February 20-22, 2020, Sean Eckard from Starship Technologies gave presentations about the new self-driving delivery robots developed by a team of engineers in Estonia. Co-founded in 2014 by the inventors of Skype, Starship's rapid international success offered a fascinating case study for Autonomous Robotics students in the School of Engineering, and twenty MBA students from the Foster School of Business preparing for next month's tour to Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. Eckard's... Read more
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February 6, 2020
This week at UW, see art ranging in topics from Valentine's Day to jazz, both on and off-campus. Featured on UW News 
Karen Blixen
February 5, 2020
Our own Professor Stecher is interviewed extensively, alongside American writer Judith Thurman, in a six-page feature article published 15 December 2019, in the major Danish daily POLITIKEN. The article explores the latest wave of interest in Denmark's iconic writer Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). The Danish press debate concerns a new 700-page biography on the Danish writer (Karen Blixen) as well as a new book on Blixen as a culinary artist and a new "Blixen ballet" performed by... Read more
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January 21, 2020
Professor Christine Ingebritsen consulted for US News & World Report article on Europe and climate change. Check out the full article here
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

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