utgoing SASS president Mark Sandberg brought his 201113 term of office to a memorable close by overseeing the many duties of the presidency while simultaneously helping his home department plan and host the society's largest conference ever. University of California, Berkeley faculty Linda Rugg (chair), along with colleagues John Lindow, Karen Møller, Mark Sandberg, Karin Sanders, Sirpa Tuomainen, and Jonas Wellendorf, and a team of talented graduate students and staff members mounted a stellar conference, the Society's 103rd, held at the San Francisco Hilton/Financial District Hotel, May 24, 2013. Honorary Consul General of Sweden Barbro Osher offered the opening plenary lecture, and the American Scandinavian Foundation hosted a Friday night reception. A unique feature of the conference was its "Conversations with Nordic Authors" series, which brought noted authors from each of the Nordic countries to share their views on their writings and careers with SASS attendees. The series was paid for through a combination of University of California, Berkeley Scandinavian Department funds and external grants, including a generous grant from the Norway House Foundation. The series was open to the general public. The conference itself drew 411 attendees, of which 349 gave presentations. Fully two-thirds of the attendees
Scandinavian Studies – Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
Published: Apr 21, 2014
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