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GNS News



  • 2018 Community-University Partnership Awards

    At the 2018 Community-University Partnership Awards, in which the collaboration between several of the members in GNS (Marcus, Colin, Tim Frandy (formerly of the department) and Thomas DuBois) along with partners at Lac du Flambeau …
  • Kokko and Aurinko: A Finnish-American Juhannus Festival

    John Prusynski, Nordic Graduate Student of UW-Madison, wrote this feature for a photo essay in the summer fieldwork course: Folklore 490: Field Methods and the Public Presentation of Folklore in June of 2018. He talks …
  • Scott Mellor Collaborates on a TED-Ed Video

    Are you interested in Norse mythology? Faculty Associate Scott Mellor recently contributed to an informative TED-Ed video about the myth of Thor’s journey to Utgard, the land of the giants. Click to watch the Youtube …
  • Prof Claus Andersen Gives Interview on Scandinavian Culture

    Prof Claus Andersen was recently  interviewed by Fox 6 News Milwaukee to discuss Hygge.  Hygge is a Danish concept to help alleviate winter blues and Andersen defines is as “pleasant togetherness”.  
  • Scott Mellor and Susan Brantly, Swedish Radio Interview

    Scott Mellor and Susan Brantly, together with Amanda Doxtater, are interviewed on Swedish Radio about teaching Selma Lagerlöf. The interview took place in conjunction with the recent ASTRA Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Assistant Prof. Dean Krouk Publishes new book

    In September 2017 Dean published “Fascism and Modernist Literature in Norway” Per the publishers site: Fascism and Modernist Literature in Norway illuminates the connections between literature and politics in interwar Europe. Focusing on the works …
  • Scandinavian Studies on Broadway

    Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (1879) is probably Scandinavia’s most famous play, having reached audiences around the world in a myriad of languages. Several attempts have been made to figure out what becomes of Nora after …
  • Prof. Susan Brantly publishes new book.

    Prof. Susan Brantly recently authored: The Historical Novel, Transnationalism, and the Postmodern Era. This volume explores the genre of the historical novel and the variety of ways in which writers choose to represent the past. …
  • Harald Naess, Prof. Emeritus in Scandinavian Studies, dies.

    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 …
  • Jim Leary, Emeritus, wins 2016 ARSC Awards for Excellence

    The Association for Recorded Sound Collections gives awards to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes, recognizing those who have published outstanding work in recorded sound research.
  • Tom DuBois inducted into Finnish Academy

    Halls-Bascom Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Tom DuBois, was inducted into the Finnish Academy of Sciences & Letters.  He stated, ” I am both surprised and humbled by the gesture.”
  • Setting the records straight at Folklore Village

    David Natvig, a graduate student in the Nordic Program, recently worked with Folklore Village to document vinyl records they found in their collection.