Theater Director-Dramaturge Farnaz Arbabi and Poet-Writer Athena Farrokhzad spoke about Farrokhzad's widely discussed, prize-winning Vitsvit (2013, White Blight) on Nov 30-Dec. 1, 2015. Arbabi worked with Farrokhzad to adapt Vitsvit as a play, which she then directed at the Stockholm theater Unga Klara. The play premiered to lively discussion in October 2015. Vitsvit is a long poem about a family at home in Sweden, whose home is elsewhere. In the poem, a mother, father, grandmother, and brother speak to each other in aphoristic, contradictory, and... Read more
Finnish Lecturer Ilmari Ivaska, PhD candidate Evan Wright, and other Finnish Program students brought the Finnish Program "road show" to the Finnish community bazaar on Nov. 14, 2015, cooperating with community leaders and program supporters including Ms. Pirkko Borland, Ms. Tuulevi Syrjäkari, and Mr. Gunnar Damström. Such activity reaches out to community members to tell about program and department research, teaching, and service.
The Scandinavian Studies Department's advisory board hosted an international students and faculty reception on Friday, Nov. 13. The reception brings together students and researchers visiting the University of Washington from the Nordic and Baltic countries to get acquainted with the Scandinavian Studies Department, its students and advisory board members.
Eminent Swedish author Göran Rosenberg met with students and community members and spoke on his book A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz, which won Sweden's highest literary prize, the August Prize, in 2012. Rosenberg's visit on 12-13 Nov. 2015 was sponsored by the Barbro Osher Endowed Chair in Swedish Studies, the... Read more
FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows: Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. FLAS Fellowships support study of the following languages and their world regions: -Arabic -Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian -Bulgarian -Burmese -Canadian First Nations-Chinese-Czech-Danish -Estonian-Filipino/Tagalog-Finnish-French-German-Hebrew-Hindi-... Read more
Department faculty and TAs participated in the annual UW Study Abroad Fair on 10 November 2015, speaking with dozens of UW students about opportunities for study in the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as about preparing to study abroad with language and course offerings in Scandinavian studies.
The Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America (ASTRA) held its annual meeting in the House of Sweden, Washington D.C., October 22-24, 2015. Attending from the University of Washington were Liina-Ly Roos, Karin Eriksson, Mimi Nielsen and Lars Jenner, joining many top linguists from across the country working with Sweden and Swedish as focus subject areas. The theme of this year’s symposium was “Realities in Contemporary Swedish Cinema.” ASTRA helps support the teaching of Swedish in Washington State. Swedish jobs number more than 3000 in Washington State, and... Read more
Professor Trygve Ugland (Bishops University, PQ, Canada) spoke at the Department of Scandinavian Studies on Migration Policy in Canada and the Scandinavian countries on 29 October 2015. He also spoke to students of Christine Ingebritsen's "Europe Today" class about EU founder Jean Monnet's travels in Canada during the 1910s, drawing on his book... Read more
The Department of Scandinavian Studies' Finnish Program celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary the evening of 23 October 2015. Special guests included Finlandia-Prize winning author Johanna Sinisalo and her translator and Finnish-Program alumna Lola Rogers. Attendees included program students and friends, program supporters, Finnish Program board members, program and department faculty, Mr. Eero Tetri, as well as Dean of Humanities Division Michael Shapiro and Dean of the College of Arts and... Read more
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America David O'Sullivan visited the UW campus and the Department of Scandinavian Studies on Friday, 16 October. Ambassador O'Sullivan spoke to Professor of Scandinavian Studies Christine Ingebritsen's course "Europe Today" (JSIS A 301). Students engaged the ambassador in a lively discussion of the refugee crisis, the complex nature of working across borders, and the challenges of combining state-level preferences and EU-wide federal agendas. Ambassador O'Sullivan's time in Seattle also included visits at Facebook, Amazon, and... Read more