Professor Emeritus Harald Naess was the guiding force of the Scandinavian Studies Department for 32 years, from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. He was the fourth Norwegian professor in the Department’s long history, succeeding Einar Haugen who hand-picked Harald Naess as his replacement when he was called to Harvard. Haugen later said and Harald’s retirement banquet that hiring Harald was one of the smartest things he had ever done.
Hans Adler's research focuses on a scholarly edition of the works in 10 volumes of the Swiss 18th-century philosopher Johann Georg Sulzer. The edition is co-edited with his colleague Professor Elisabeth Décultot (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris/Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg). Hans spent time for this cooperation in Halle, Germany in October 2016.
David Natvig, a graduate student in the Nordic Program, recently worked with Folklore Village to document vinyl records they found in their collection.
Manon van de Water, Professor and Chair for the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, has been selected to receive AATE’s Judith Kase Cooper Honorary Research Award in recognition of her lifetime of significant contributions to the fields of theatre education and theatre for young people. She will be recognized at this year’s AATE conference to be held in New Orleans, LA.
From the interview page: Sunday was the fifth anniversary of the death of Václav Havel, the Czech dissident who led the Velvet Revolution and went on to spend nearly 13 years as president. But before he became a politician, Havel was, of course, a playwright, and it is just his literary work that is the focus of the book Reading Václav Havel by David S. Danaher, a Slavic Studies expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When he visited our studios recently, we discussed, among other things, Havel’s legacy and relevance today. But I first asked Danaher what had led him to Czech.