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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
Vilkaci with oak planted by the Honorary Consul of Latvia
October 17, 2018
On October 10th and 11th, “Vilkači” (‘Werewolves'), one of the most well-known Latvian folk bands, visited Seattle with the concert program “Ak, Latvija, kur tavi dēli?” (‘Oh, Latvia, where are your sons?’). The group also gave brief lessons about Baltic tribes, ancient Latvian life, beliefs, military traditions, and singing culture. This was the first event of their North American tour organized by the cultural association TILTS in cooperation with local Latvian organizations. The concert took... Read more
Lauren Poyer
October 16, 2018
Lauren Poyer joined the faculty this fall. She is a PhD candidate in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lauren is teaching Norwegian and Scandinavian Mythology this quarter. To get to know her a little better graduate student Connie Amundson posed a few questions.  Q: What drew you to studying your medieval nordic subjects of folklore and mythology? A: I came to medieval Scandinavia through the language, in one sense. I started learning Icelandic on a lark in... Read more
Solvita Pošeiko, Visiting Lecturer of Latvian
October 16, 2018
The visiting lecturers in our department are passionate about language, and have devoted their careers to teaching it. This year we have a new Visiting Lecturer of Latvian so we thought asking some questions would be a good way to get to know Solvita Pošeiko. Q: How long have you been teaching Latvian? A: I have been teaching Latvian as a foreign language for five years. This includes courses of various levels (A1-C1) and lengths for exchange students at Rēzekne Academy of Technologies... Read more
Students who attended the Copenhagen Classroom
October 16, 2018
This Summer the Copenhagen Classroom study abroad program was revived. During August, 14 students and several UW faculty were exploring the topic of 'Migration and Diversity - Denmark in Europe Today’. Under the leadership of visiting lecturer of Danish Kristian Næsby and Professor Marianne Stecher the students met significant cultural personalities, academics, authors and film makers, and experts on built environments.   The Copenhagen Classroom is taught onsite in Copenhagen, and explores to... Read more
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
October 16, 2018
On May 4th Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark delivered a keynote address on women’s economic empowerment to a packed auditorium in UWs Kane Hall. The topic was her own; Denmark’s Crown Princess is a champion of women’s rights and a member of the Leadership Council of International Center for Research on Women.  The Crown Princess was accompanied to the UW by Denmark’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen, Ambassador Lars Lose as well as embassy staff members.  The... Read more
Dr. Kimberly Earles
October 15, 2018
Dr. Kimberly Earles will be leading the "Alumni Story Project" during autumn 2018. 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
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May 10, 2018
UW Department of Scandinavian Studies collaborated with the Embassy of Denmark US and the International Center for Research on Women to organize a panel discussion on Women’s Economic Empowerment.   The keynote address was delivered by Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Denmark, and concluding remarks were given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr. Anders Samuelsen. The program was recorded and is now available to the public.
Finnish lecturer Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara
April 11, 2018
The Society for the Study of Finnish (Kotikielen Seura) has awarded its Outstanding Research Article Prize for 2018 to Finnish Lecturer Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara. Härmävaara has an ongoing research project on mutual intelligibility of Finnish and Estonian and on multilingual interaction between the speakers of these languages. In the awarded article “Official Language Policy as a Factor in Using Receptive Multilingualism Among Members of an Estonian and a Finnish Student Organizations”, Härmävaara... Read more
Danh Vo Presentation
March 15, 2018
On February 14, the chief curator Marianne Torp of the National Gallery of Denmark, lectured at the Simpson Center for Humanities on the art of Danh Vo, whose conceptualist artworks are currently exhibited at the Guggenheim (Feb. to May 2018). Vo was born in Vietnam in 1975 and arrived in Denmark with his family as a child refugee in 1978.  He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen and is currently considered one of Denmark’s most important contemporary artists.   The lecture and... Read more

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