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Congratulations to this year's winner of the Nadia Christensen Award for Excellence in Nordic Studies, Helen Durst!  Helen R. Durst is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and is working on her Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington. Helen loves language of any sort, and as such, also holds a B.A. & M.A. in Russian, and a B.A. & teaching certificate in mathematics and taught the language of math for many years before returning to graduate school to pursue a… Read more
“Joik [pronounced “yoik”] knows no end; joik goes on forever!” were the words of Sámi performer Iŋgor Ántte Áilu Gaup, better known by his stage name, Ailloš. On April 12 and 13th, Ailloš and fellow members of the Sámi National Theater Beaivváš performed… Read more
Tiina Nunnally, affiliate faculty member in Scandinavian Studies, earns critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement for new translations of Sigrid Undset's Olav Audunssøn tetralogy. From Brad Leithauser's review in the WSJ: "In 1928 Sigrid Undset became only the third woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature, awarded “principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages.” Many assume that this commendation spoke mainly to… Read more
Attention, literature and Scandinavian Studies scholars! Our Sagas of the Vikings course (which is SCAND 270 A in our section, and GLITS 252 B in that section) still has a bunch of open spots in GLITS 252 B – if you have been looking for an interesting and knowledge-packed course to help you fulfill some of your Humanities credits, Sagas of the Vikings is exactly what you’ve been waiting for! … Read more
Back in fall 1993, the UW Baltic Studies Program welcomed students into its first Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian language courses; and thirty years later, we’re going strong! Inga Daraškienė is in her third year as Lithuanian lecturer, and Guntis Šmidchens is teaching Estonian; he is also teaching English-language courses about Baltic Politics and Society Today, and about Baltic History. Latvian lecturer Solvita Burr moved to the East Coast and taught remotely in fall 2023, assisted in-person… Read more
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God jul allihopa! Bright holiday greetings to you from the UW Swedish Studies program!  We’ve been busy in the Swedish Program here at the University of Washington. I wrote last year that we’d be hosting Jonas Hassen Khemiri, a luminary of the Swedish literary scene, in the department in November 2022. Happily, his whirlwind visit was a great success. Khemiri spoke to 100 students in our large… Read more
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Tervehdys/Greetings! It’s a pleasure to send you holiday greetings! Minulla on ilo toivottaa kaikille rauhallista joulun aikaa ja onnellista uutta vuotta! We were thrilled to welcome two new colleagues to the Finnish Program in fall 2023: Dr. Tapio Hokkanen, our new acting instructor of Finnish, and Ronja Salo, our new Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) of Finnish. Tapio comes to us from the University of Eastern Finland. He has taught at numerous universities in Europe and North… Read more
Dear friends of the UW Danish program, Our warmest holiday wishes to friends, alumni, and program supporters! What a wonderful year it has been for the Danish program! First and foremost, we like to extend our deep gratitude for the establishment of an Endowed Professorship of Danish Studies by our long-standing supporters Nina and (the late) Georg Pedersen. Sadly, we lost Georg last November 2022, but Nina’s resoluteness has secured a legacy for the UW Danish program. In addition to… Read more
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God jul og godt nyttår! Dear friends, students, alumni, and supporters of UW Norwegian, The time has come, once again, to send warm greetings in a colder season, as well as best wishes for the new year. The Norwegian program at UW is small but mighty. This academic year, graduate students Elizabeth Stang and Thea Lund are teaching first and second year Norwegian, respectively, while the advanced courses will be taught by Associate Professor Olivia Gunn and Affiliate Associate… Read more
Earlier this month, on October 10th, historian Bjorn Westlie visited our SCAND 445/JSIS A 442 class to discuss his book, 'My Father's War', which was assigned reading for the class. As you can see, the students are holding up their copies. Dr. Marianne Stecher-Hansen, who was teaching this course, also interviewed Westlie about his work and the book (recently translated by Prof. Dean Krouk and published by U Wisconsin Press). Most of the class' 32 students were present that day, so they got a… Read more