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Syrene Forsman
October 2, 2019
Syrene is a retired teacher, who taught at Roosevelt High School in Seattle for twenty-five years. She taught Swedish, English, drawing, painting, basic language arts, social studies, international literature, and creative writing. Syrene grew up the daughter of Swedish-Finns who always encouraged her to learn Swedish and to follow her passion for art. Walter Johnson, her mentor and professor in the Scandinavian Studies Department, encouraged Syrene to take education courses and provided... Read more
Lauren Mills
October 2, 2019
Lauren works as a guidebook map editor for Rick Steves’ Europe. She came to work for Rick Steves after taking a tour of Europe for her thirtieth birthday and becoming friends with the tour guide; they stayed in touch and a couple of years later Lauren began working at the Rick Steves office, first as an office assistant, then in the retail store, and in tour sales, then in catalogs, and finally in the book department where she became a guidebook map editor. Lauren’s job entails fanatical... Read more
Kristianna Anderson
October 2, 2019
Kristianna is currently a second-year law student at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. During her time in the Scandinavian Studies Department, Kristianna had an incredible Norwegian language teacher - Ph.D. student Maren Anderson Johnson - who she credits for her majoring in Norwegian, studying abroad at the University of Oslo, reconnecting with her Norwegian roots, and falling in love with Norwegian. Professor Andy Nestingen’s Scandinavian Crime Fiction class was also... Read more
Johanna Hansen
October 2, 2019
Johanna is currently a psychology student at Lund University in Sweden. While at UW she majored in both psychology and Swedish, and her current program is a combined undergraduate and graduate program that leads to a Masters of Science in Psychology. Her Swedish language skills allow her to tackle a degree in Swedish and to understand how the system works in Sweden. Johanna spent her childhood in Sweden, but gained a deeper understanding of Swedish history, culture, and society in the... Read more
Indigo Trigg-Hauger
October 2, 2019
Indigo currently works as a Communicator at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo. After completing her Scandinavian Studies degree, she completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Oslo. Indigo’s connection to Norway is an interesting one - her mother was an exchange student for a year in Kristiansand in high school and spent another year in Oslo after completing her undergraduate degree. She still speaks Norwegian and remains in touch with her host family and friends... Read more
Kirsten Mandt
October 2, 2019
Kirsten works as a Planner with the City of Bothell Department of Community Development. She has always been interested in community development and urban development, and during her study abroad at Linköping University in Sweden she noted the little day to day lifestyle differences between the U.S. and Sweden, from how garbage is collected to how the bus system is run and people get around, to land use and community growth. Learning about and experiencing Scandinavian culture first-hand... Read more
Jerry Wingren
October 2, 2019
Jerry currently works as a sculptor in Boulder, CO. While originally on a path to complete a Ph.D. in Germany, he always knew he should be an artist, and while walking through a park in Bremen every day on his way to the library, Jerry saw six sculptors at work and eventually stopped going to the library and began sculpting. Jerry comes from a Swedish background and his grandfather Olaf was a photographer who emigrated to La Conner, WA. In the mid-1980s Jerry made his first visit to the... Read more
Eric Stavney
October 2, 2019
After teaching biology at Edmonds Community College for twenty years, Eric is currently an instructional designer, the co-host of the Scandinavian Hour radio show with Doug Warne, and a contributing writer to the Norwegian American newspaper. Eric remembers his time in the Scandinavian Studies Department fondly, from the friends he made to the community created in the department. He felt the courses he took helped him to make sense of Norway. Many classes stood out for Eric, such as Terje... Read more
Ellen Rees
October 2, 2019
Ellen is Professor of Nordic Literature and Head of Department at the Centre for Ibsen Studies at the University of Oslo. Previously she held postdoctoral research fellowships in Nordic Literature at the University of Oslo and Åbo Akademi University, and was Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oregon and at Arizona State University. Ellen’s research focus is Nordic literature and film and she has published more than four dozen journal articles and book chapters on... Read more
King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, and Elizabeth Weise
October 2, 2019
Elizabeth is currently a National Correspondent for USA Today and has been a journalist for more than twenty-five years. After completing her undergraduate degree in the Scandinavian Studies Department, Elizabeth fell into journalism by accident, first taking on an internship at KUOW in Seattle, then selling her stories to NPR, followed by six years at the Associated Press, where she moved from Seattle to San Francisco. She has spent the past twenty years working for USA Today, covering... Read more

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