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Current/Former Visiting Lectureship Recipients

2014 - 2015

From Sweden

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington’s Department of Scandinavian Studies was selected to host Dr. Ann-Kristin Wallengren and Dr. Hans Wallengren as American-Scandinavian Foundation Swedish Visiting Lecturers during fall semester 2014. Dr. Ann-Kristin WALLENGREN holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from Lund University and is currently a professor of comparative literature and film at Lund. She has published on a wide range of topics within Swedish film and television. Dr. Hans WALLENGREN earned his PhD in History from Lund University. He is currently the Director of the Center for Labor History at Lund, and the Training Coordinator at the National Graduate School of History.

At the University of Washington, Drs. Wallengren taught the course SCAND 490: Cinema, Migration and the Making of the Other in Modern Sweden. The course served upper-level undergraduates and graduate level students. The course surveys how immigrants and emigrants from the second half of the 1800s to the present have been constructed as “the other.” Who was/is in and who was/is out in Swedish society? In the course, historic and cinematic interrelations concerning national identity, migration and multiculturalism in Sweden were be analyzed. Additionally, a slate of lectures was arranged on the West Coast and in Seattle, including: University of Tacoma, WA, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, The Swedish Club (Seattle), and The Nordic Heritage Museum (Seattle).

2013 - 2014

From Sweden

College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN

The Global Business Leadership department in support of hosting Dr. Henrik Bohlin (Sodertorn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies), Spring Semester of the 2013-2014 Academic Year. Thord-Gray Memorial Fund, $25,000.

Dr. Bohlin holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stockholm University and is currently a Docent and Senior Lecturer of philosophy at Södertörn University in the School of Historical and Contemporary Studies. He has published on a wide range of philosophical topics, including David Hume’s philosophy, empathetic understanding, critical thinking, relativism, tacit knowledge, Bildung, education, and skepticism. At the College of St. Benedict, Dr. Bohlin will teach a seminar on ethics in addition to furthering his own research on critical thinking and philosophy of education. He will also give public lectures at the college through its Global Awareness Lecture Series, and presentations in Minneapolis/St.Paul arranged through the Minneapolis/St. Paul Committee on Foreign Relations, the Minnesota International Center, and the American-Swedish Institute, as well as at other colleges in the region. He will attend several conferences in his field in the U.S., including the 2014 joint meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and the Baltic Studies Association at Yale University in March 2014.

2012 - 2013

From Sweden

University at Albany (SUNY), Albany, NY

The University at Albany’s Center for Global Health, School of Public Health Center for Global Health in support of hosting Dr. Lena Andersson (Sahlgrenska Academy), Fall Semester 2012-2013 Academic Year. Thord-Gray Memorial Fund, $25,000.

The University at Albany’s Center for Global Health, School of Public Health Center for Global Health hosted Dr. Lena Andersson during the Fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Andersson is a lecturer and researcher at the Unit of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg. She holds at PhD in Social Medicine and an MA in Structural Social Work, both from The University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Andersson’s teaching obligationsl included an advanced course on health systems and presenting lectures and seminars. She was involved in the academic environment at the Center of Global Health, student activities, workshops and research discussions. In addition, Dr. Andersson was nvolved in developing and writing a joint research proposal within the field of global mental health, as well as developing and establishing a student exchange between the Master program for Public Health at University of Gothenburg and the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. Dr. Andersson had numerous opportunities to interact with colleagues in the Albany area and the SUNY school system and attend two Public Health meetings in Denver, Colorado.

2011 - 2012

From Sweden

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

The Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS), College of Arts and Letters in support of hosting Dr. Jan Joel Andersson (The Swedish Institute of International Affairs), 2011-12 Academic Year. Thord-Gray Memorial Fund, $25,000.

Old Dominion University’s Graduate Program in International Studies at the College of Arts and Letters hosted Dr. Jan Joel Andersson during the 2011-12 academic year. Dr. Andersson is a Program Director and Senior Research Fellow at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm. He holds at PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Relations, both from The University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MSc in Political Science from Uppsala University.

Dr. Andersson’s teaching obligations included teaching two graduate seminars on the Europe and the European Union, with emphasis on the Scandinavian countries. His responsibilities also included student mentoring and outreach. He participated in a public lectures, education and training conferences and seminars, including development workshops for high school teachers and military education seminars. In addition, Dr. Andersson had numerous opportunities to interact with regional leaders in education and business, as well as defense and security leadership of the military commands located in and around Norfolk.

2010 - 2011

From Sweden

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

The Scandinavian Program of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in support of hosting Dr. Gunlög Sundberg (Stockholm University), Fall Semester 2010. Thord-Gray Memorial Fund, $25,000.

The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign’s Scandinavian Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures hosted Dr. Gunlög Sundberg during the fall 2010 semester.

Dr. Sundberg is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Scandinavian Languages at Stockholm University. She holds higher degrees from Stockholm University and the University of Indiana. Dr. Sundberg’s teaching obligations included teaching a course about contemporary multiculturalism in Sweden as well as guest presentations to an Advanced Swedish class. She contributed her research on multicultural workplace communication to a range of units and research groups concerning the idea of representativity in the public sector in a multilingual and multicultural society. She also participated in a weekly interdisciplinary and campus-wide multicultural applied linguistics seminar. In addition, Dr. Sundberg had the opportunity to attend the annual Swedish Teacher’s Conference in North America, hosted by the Swedish Institute in fall 2010.

2009 - 2010

From Norway

Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

in support of hosting Professor Birgit Brock-Utne (University of Oslo), Winter Term 2010. Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund, $25,000

Dr. Birgit Brock-Utne, who is a professor at the Institute of Educational Research, University of Oslo, will spend the winter 2010 term affiliated with the Wartburg College. Dr. Brock-Utne holds graduate degrees in Education from the University of Oslo and the University of Illinois. During her Visiting Lectureship, Dr. Brock-Utne will teach a section of “Inquiry Studies 201 Living in a Diverse World.”

This is a required course for all second-year, undergraduate students at Wartburg College. In addition to teaching the course, Dr. Brock-Utne will give two lectures that will be open to all students, college faculty, staff and the public. She will also be able to visit other classes, including those in Political Science, Education and Religion. Furthermore, she will pursue the opportunity to other colleges/universities in the Midwest, and will attend the annual conference on the Comparative and International Education Society in March 2010.

From Sweden

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

College of Education and Health Professions and the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in support of hosting Professor Jan Mårtensson (Jönköping University), Spring semester 2010. Thord-Gray Memorial Fund, $25,000.

The University of Arkansas’s College of Education and Health Professions and the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing will host Dr. Jan Mårtensson during the spring 2010 semester. Dr. Mårtensson is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University Jönköping. He holds higher degrees from Göteborg University and the University of Jönköping.

Dr. Mårtensson’s teaching obligations will include conducting a seminar class for multidisciplinary undergraduate students from a variety of healthcare backgrounds. He will also explore cardiovascular nursing care in Northwest Arkansas and develop networking for joint future research programs. Dr. Mårtensson will be the keynote speaker at the Nursing Research Conference at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. Additionally, he will work with nurses and physicians from area hospitals to develop research priorities for congestive heart failure patients. Dr. Mårtensson will also have the opportunity to attend the Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference in Spring 2010.

2008 - 2009

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, Department of History

The College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University was chosen to host a visiting Lecturer from Norway. Prof. Chris Butters, who is a professor at the University of Oslo, spent the spring 2009 semester affiliated with the Department of History, Environmental Studies Program. Professor Butters holds a postgraduate diploma in Energy Planning from the University of Oslo (1979) and a Bachelors of Architecture from Montpellier (1978). He is currently a course leader at the University of Oslo.

He also works as an architect for GAIA Oslo AS and as a consultant for GAIA International. At the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, he taught courses on Sustainable Community Development. Professor Butters participated in two conferences during his stay in Collegeville, Renewing our Global Community: The Path to Energy Self-Sufficiency An International Symposium at the University of Minnesota and A Critical Examination of Preservation and Sustainability at Goucher College. He also offered a series of seminars in association with The Eugene McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement’s Alumni Chapter in Twin Cities, as well as programs in association with the Immigration Research Center at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society.

2007 - 2008

Rhode Island School of Design

Department of History, Philosophy, & the Social Sciences

The Rhode Island School of Design was chosen to host a Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Dr. Sven Arntzen, who is a professor at Telemark University, spent the spring 2008 semester affiliated with the department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences at the Rhode Island School of Design. Professor Arntzen holds a Ph.D in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University (1988) and he has been a professor of philosophy at Telemark University since 1996.

At RISD, he taught a three-credit course with the title “Philosophy of Landscape: Humans in the Land”. Dr. Arntzen gave public lectures and participated in seminars relating to environmental philosophy and landscape while in the U.S.. He also had privileges at the Watson Institute for International Studies on the nearby Brown University campus with Steven Hamburg, Director of the Global Environment Program to conduct research relating to ethics, design and landscape.

University of Wisconsin/Madison

Department of Scandinavian Studies

The University of Wisconsin/Madison was chosen to host a Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Dr. Ingeborg Kongslien, who is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo, spent the spring 2007 semester affiliated with the Department of Scandinavian Studies in Madison. Dr. Konglien’s main fields of research have been immigration history and identity issues, both among Scandinavian Americans in the U.S. and among recent immigrants to the Nordic countries.

She has published widely on the topic of immigrant/migrant literature, and she regularly lectures throughout the U.S. and Scandinavia. At the University of Wisconsin, she taught a seminar open to both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students on Scandinavian multicultural literature. During her stay in the U.S., Dr. Kongslien spoke at academic institutions and organizations throughout the Upper Midwest and attended academic conferences, including the SASS Conference.

2006 - 2007

University of Southern Maine

Department of Women’s Studies

The University of Southern Maine was chosen to host a Visiting Lecturer from Sweden. Dr. Anita Nyberg, who is a professor at the National Institute of Working Life in Stockholm, spent the spring 2007 semester affiliated with the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Nyberg publishes widely on the topic of gender policies and politics, and is invited to lecture at venues around the world.

At the University of Southern Maine, she taught an upper-undergraduate/graduate level course entitled “Gender Perspectives on Welfare State Policies: Comparing the U.S. and Scandinavia.” Dr. Nyberg took part in public speaking engagements on both the East and West Coasts, and attended a number of professional and academic conferences, including the SASS Conference.

Yale University

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Yale University was chosen to host a Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Dr. Jozef Pacyna, who is director of the Center for Ecological Economics at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), spent the fall 2006 semester affiliated with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Dr. Pacyna is an expert on the emissions of metals and organic chemicals from industrial operations, waste disposal and fossil fuel combustion.

He publishes and lectures extensively on these topics, alongside holding a faculty position at Gdansk University of Technology and providing public service, such as recently testifying at a U.S. Congressional hearing on mercury pollution. At Yale, he taught a graduate-level seminar on environmental modeling of air pollution. Dr. Pacyna lectured at a number of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and attended a number of professional society meetings.

2005 - 2006

Harvard University

Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies/Department of Government

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts was chosen to host a 2005-06 Visiting Lecturer from Sweden. Dr. Bo Rothstein, who is the August Röhss Professor in political science at Göteborg University, spent the spring 2006 semester affiliated with the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies and the Department of Government at Harvard.

Dr. Rothstein has been a visiting fellow at institutions throughout Europe and the U.S., and has published widely on the quality of governments and political institutions, with his next publication being Creating Social Trust in Post-Socialist Transitions(2005). At Harvard, he taught a graduate-level course entitled “The Quality of Government: A Comparative Approach.” Dr. Rothstein attended a number of academic conferences across the U.S., as well as took part in public speaking engagements on topics related to politics and economics.

Syracuse University

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York was chosen to host a 2005-06 Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Dr. Daniel Heradstveit, who is a professor and researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), spent the fall 2005 semester affiliated with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse. Dr. Heradstveit, who was an associate of Johan Jørgen Holst, heads research groups at NUPI on conflict resolution, the Middle East, and Central Asia and the Caucasus.

He has published extensively on these topics, with his most recent publication being Oil in the Gulf: Obstacles to Democracy and Development(2004). At Syracuse, he taught a graduate-level seminar on conflict resolution in the Middle East, with an emphasis on Norwegian opinions, approaches and policies in Arab-Israeli conflict. Dr. Heradstveit conducted an extensive speaking tour while in the U.S., traveling to universities on both coasts.

University of Massachusetts

Center for Public Policy and Administration

The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts was chosen to host a 2005-06 Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Professor Noralv Veggeland, who is a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Lillehammer University College, spent the spring 2006 semester affiliated with the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts.

Professor Veggeland has authored ten books and numerous other publications, with his research focus being on European integration and the europeanization of the nation state. At the University of Massachusetts, he taught a graduate-level seminar on comparative public administration, with special emphasis on the Nordic countries’ relations to the EU. Professor Veggeland lectured at a number of colleges and universities, as well as attended academic conferences while in the U.S.

University of Washington

Department of Scandinavian Studies

University of Washington in Seattle, Washington was chosen to host a 2005-06 Visiting Lecturer from Sweden. Dr. Annica Kronsell, who is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Lund University, spent the spring 2006 semester affiliated with the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington. Dr. Kronsell has taught and published extensively in the fields of international politics, environmental studies, and feminist studies, and is currently involved in two multi-disciplinary research projects related to governance and environmental sustainability.

At the University of Washington, she taught an undergraduate course on environmental norms in international politics, and participated in a graduate colloquium series, presenting lectures on gender, citizenship and democracy in Sweden. Dr. Kronsell lectured at colleges, universities and community organizations throughout the Northwest, as well as attended a number of academic conference while in the U.S.

2003 - 2004

Gustavus Adolphus College

Department of Scandinavian Studies

Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, was chosen to host a 2003-04 Visiting Lecturer from Sweden. Professor Krister Stoor, who teaches at the Department of Sámi Studies at Umeå University, spent the spring 2004 semester affiliated with the Department of Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus.

Professor Stoor has published and lectured extensively on contemporary Sámi issues, with broader relevance to multi-ethnicity and Nordic culture. At Gustavus Adolphus, Professor Stoor taught courses on Sámi culture and cross-cultural indigenous studies, examining such topics as conflict resolution between minority and majority cultures, policies aimed at preserving indigenous ideas and livelihood, and human rights issues. He was also involved in outreach programming involving Minnesota’s indigenous populations.

Pacific Lutheran University

Wang Center for International Programs

Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington was chosen to host the 2003-04 Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Dr. Steinar Bryn, who is the director of the Human Rights, Democracy and Peaceful Conflict Program at Nansenskolen in Lillehammer, spent the spring 2004 semester teaching in the Communication and Theater Department of PLU.

Dr. Bryn has most recently been working to foster dialogue among ethnic groups in the Balkan states. At Pacific Lutheran, Dr. Bryn taught a course on the role of communication in the development and management of human conflict. He lectured at colleges and universities throughout the Pacific Northwest, and presented community lectures at local museums and for Scandinavian-American organizations.

University of Iowa

Department of Communication Studies and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

The University of Iowa was chosen to host a 2003-04 Visiting Lecturer from Sweden. Dr. Per-Anders Forstorp, who teaches at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, spent the spring 2004 semester affiliated with the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.

Since 1999, Dr. Forstorp has been a senior lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology, where he heads a developing research group in communication, media and culture. At the University of Iowa, Dr. Forstorp taught a course on “Discourse, Ethics and Public Controversy,” with a specific focus on the discourse and ethics of public policy controversies about multi-culturalism.

2002 - 2003

University of Arizona

James E. Rogers College of Law

The University of Arizona was chosen to host the 2002-03 ASF Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Dr. Ánde Somby, a professor at the Center for Sámi Studies at the University of Tromsø, spent the spring 2003 semester affiliated with the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. He was specifically associated with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, which offers the only Master of Laws program in the U.S. focusing on the role of comparative indigenous experiences.

During his tenure at the University of Arizona, Dr. Somby taught graduate-level courses on comparative indigenous law, as well as took part in a number of extracurricular activities designed to promote greater dialogue on issues of relevance to native peoples. He also participated in community outreach programs throughout the Southwest, including speaking engagements in Native American reservations and networking opportunities with tribal leaders.

2001 - 2002

Luther College Department of History

Luther College in Decorah, Iowa has been chosen to host the 2001-02 ASF Visiting Lecturer from Norway. Dr. Øyvind Gulliksen, a professor in the Department of Humanities at Telemark Regional College, spent the spring 2002 semester affiliated with the Department of History. Dr. Gulliksen is a preeminent scholar of Norwegian-American literature and culture, and has published widely on issues of author identity and bi-cultural influences.

While at Luther College, Dr. Gulliksen taught a course on the history of Norwegian-American immigration through examination of texts written by or about American immigrants. He had the opportunity to visit a number of other academic institutions throughout the Midwest to meet with colleagues and present his research in public forums.

Indiana University

Department of West European Studies

Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana was selected to host the ASF Visiting Lecturer from Sweden. Dr. Per Nordahl spent the fall 2001 semester affiliated with the Department of West European Studies, where he taught a course examining the Swedish welfare state in relation to processes of globalization and social integration.

Dr. Nordahl, who is a professor in the Department of Historical Studies at Umeå University, has authored numerous publications on the role played by unions and fraternal organizations in the efforts of Swedish-Americans to integrate into American society. While at Indiana University, Dr. Nordahl worked closely with a number of different departments whose faculty share his research interests, as well as presented public lectures and visiting academics at other regional universities.

2000 - 2001

University of Alaska/Fairbanks

Departments of Northern Studies and Political Science

The University of Alaska/Fairbanks was chosen to host the first ASF Visiting Lecturer from Norway. The University of Alaska invited Dr. Willy Østreng, a scholar-practitioner in the area of Arctic studies whose institutional affiliations in Norway are numerous. Dr. Østreng serves as the director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, as well as being a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a special advisor to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He has published widely on Arctic and Antarctic treaty systems, resource management and security issues, and most recently, on the Northern Sea Route. While in Fairbanks during the fall 2001 semester, Dr. Østreng taught a course on Scandinavia and Arctic Cooperation. He also had the opportunity to visit a number of other academic institutions across the US to meet with colleagues and present his research in public forums.

University of Notre Dame

Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies

he University of Notre Dame was selected to host the ASF Visiting Lecturer from Sweden. Dr. Peter Wallensteen spent the spring 2001 semester at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, where he taught a course on Conflict Resolution and the Role of the United Nations.

Dr. Wallensteen, who holds the position of Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, has authored numerous publications in the area of peace and conflict resolution.