The Swenson Center has organized a Lunchtime Lecture Series highlighting the work being done by scholars using materials in the Swenson Center library and archival collections. This series supports our mission to promote research in Swedish-American history and relations.
The Spring 2021 series will consist of six lectures spread over the spring semester and will feature speakers who have been past recipients of our Visiting Scholar Award and our Faculty Research Stipend. These scholars work in a variety of fields, which highlights the depth and breadth of academic work being done regarding Sweden and Swedish-America.
Lectures will be held via Zoom over the lunch hour and will include a short talk and Q&A session with the presenter. For this series, we're using the pay-what-you-wish method (suggested donation of $5 to $10). Your donation helps support this and other educational programming.
Follow the links to register for each lecture. You will receive the Zoom link via email the day before the scheduled talk.
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Tuesday February 16 – Dr. Erika Jackson, Colorado Mesa University, “Swedes, Nordic Whiteness, and Race Privilege in Chicago at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
Tuesday March 2 – Dr. Nevra Biltekin, Stockholm University, “Immigrant Diplomacy: The Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) and Swedish-American Relations”
Tuesday March 16 – Dr. Ulf Zander, Lund University, “Allan Kastrup and the Swedish-American Connection”
Tuesday March 30 – Dr. Chris Strunk, Augustana College, Title TBA
Tuesday April 13 – Dr. Brian Leech, Augustana College, “Animals/Vegetables/Minerals: Understanding the Environmental History of Swedish America through Veterinary Scrapbooks, Farm Advertisements, and Mining Diaries”
Friday April 30 – Dr. Anders Bo Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark, “An End to All Questions": Scandinavian Immigrants, Abolition, and the Impeachment of President Johnson”