Upcoming Norwegian Events

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January 2014

Wednesday, 1.22 At the American Swedish Institute, 6:30–8:30 p.m.: ASI and Milkweed Editions welcome poet and translator Malena Mörling to celebrate the release of The Star By My Head: Poets from Sweden, an anthology of poems featuring eight of Sweden’s most acclaimed poets, including Nobel Prize-winner Tomas Tranströmer. Free and open to the public; call 612-871-4907 to register. 
1.27 “The Sámi in North America”
4:30 pm, Viking Theater
Two representatives from the Sámi Siida of North America, John Xavier & Anessa Andersland will discuss the Sámi of North America- why the Sámi emigrated to the US, heritage, and how North American Sámi have united to bring awareness to and preserve their heritage.
Streaming video (live and archived)Event canceled due to cold weather.

February

Thursday, 2.13 “The Sámi in North America” (rescheduled)
4:30 pm, Viking Theater
Two representatives from the Sámi Siida of North America, John Xavier & Anessa Andersland will discuss the Sámi of North America- why the Sámi emigrated to the US, heritage, and how North American Sámi have united to bring awareness to and preserve their heritage.
Streaming video (live and archived)
Monday, 2.17 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
2.21–23 Scandinavian Retreat: Fall Creek, WI; 3 co-curricular points
Monday, 2.24 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
2.28–3.6 Nordic Lights Film Festival

March

Monday, 3.3 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Monday, 3.10 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Monday, 3.17 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Monday, 3.31 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom

April

Tuesday, 4.1 Professor Dan Banik, University of Oslo / Stanford University
“Rhetoric and Reality: The Human Rights Approach in Norwegian Development Assistance”
7:30 pm, Viking Theater
Streaming video (live and archived)
Wednesday, 4.2 Vibeke K. Banik, University of Oslo / Stanford University”From Exclusion to Inclusion: Aspects of Jewish Life in Norway 1814-1945.”
3:30 pm, Valhalla Room
Monday, 4.7 Conversation Table (discussing study abroad): 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Monday, 4.14 Conversation Table (discussing study abroad): 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Monday, 4.21 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Wednesday, 4.23 Grete Brochmann, University of Oslo
“Governing Immigration In Advanced Welfare States. The Scandinavian Case.”
America protects its welfare system from immigrants, but leaves its labor market open, while the EU protects its labor markets and leaves its welfare system open “. This pointed remark about the contrast between the American and the European approach to modern immigration may have coined some of the basically different dynamics of the immigration regimes of the two continents. Although such a sweeping statement naturally would have needed qualifications even decades ago, today it calls for a more thorough review. Most European governments would today see “protection of the labor market” as wishful thinking, and “open welfare systems” have at all times been a grand overstatement. This “European” juxtaposition has nevertheless been more agreeable with the Nordic part of Europe than the rest – decades ago and today. All three Scandinavian countries have historically combined a strict labor immigration regulation with equal treatment policy in terms of access to welfare rights of legal residents. This dual approach, has been followed more meticulously among the Nordics than what has been the case other places in Europe. In this presentation Grete Brochmann will discuss the historical genesis of the approach, emphasizing economic, political and ideological factors, and show how today, when the model is seriously challenged, institutional path dependencies serve as both obstacles for change and possible remedies for cure.
7:30 Viking TheaterStreaming video (live and archived)
Monday, 4.28 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Wednesday, 4.30

Rand Scholarship Presentation. “Biotechnology and Norwegian culture: conflict or cooperation?”. Serina Robinson. 7 pm. Valhalla Room, Buntrock Commons.May

Thursday, 5.1 Panel:  “What is Scandinavian Studies?” Are you interested in finding out more about what you can study in Scandinavian studies? Join professors from Gustavus and St. Olaf for a panel discussion about the various academic pursuits of Scandinavian studies and the state of the field today.  11:30-12:30 Tomson 280.
Monday, 5.5 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Monday, 5.12 Conversation Table: 6–7 p.m., Black Ballroom
Saturday, 5.17 Syttende mai — gratulerer med dagen! Stay tuned for details about on-campus festivities.