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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
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
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