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Did you know that Augsburg University was founded by Norwegian immigrants almost 150 years ago? Reverend August Weenaas, together with a small group of students, travelled all the way from Norway, via Wisconsin, and settled here in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies were taught here for many years integrating the culture from the homeland and forming who we are today as an institution. Although Norwegian is not taught on a regular basis anymore, we still have a strong connection to Norway and our sister countries in Scandinavia as well as Finland and Iceland. The Norway Hub (located in Memorial 20) is a connector between what we hold onto as our Norwegian heritage and gifts both from the past, contemporary events of today, and those we see coming in the future.
Here are a few events you should be aware of:
Perception of Norway: A Photographic Exhibit on the Identity of Norwegians
Come see the new exhibit at Norway House photographer Nancy Bundt. This event runs April 6—June 10, 2018. On April 10 the artists will be in the house and share her artistic journey creating. More information can be found on the Norway House website.
Minneapolis St.Paul International Film Festival
Three Norwegian Films have made it to the the 37th annual International Film Festival: The 12th Man, Cloudboy, and What will People Say. The Festival runs from April 12 – 28. For showing times, see their website.
Acclaimed Norwegian Author Åsne Seierstad Interviewed
Åsne Seierstad will be discussing her brand new book Two Sister: A Father, His Daughters and their Journey into the Syrian Jihad with Fred de Sam Lazaro, Executive Director of The Under-Told Stories Project. The event takes place at the American Swedish Institute on Monday, April 16 at 7:00 pm. Go to this ticketing site to secure your tickets.
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