Celebrating 40 years!

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Forty Years & Beyond

Join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Swenson Center! 

 

We opened our doors in September 1981, and have developed into the leading archives, library, and research institute for the study of Swedish-American history and relations.

 

Our initial focus was on Swedish migration to North America and the experiences of Swedish immigrants and their descendants. Although this history still remains central, we have now expanded our mission to include broader aspects of Swedish-American relations.

 

In our 40th year, join us as we explore what this focus on Swedish-American relations means for the Center and the field. 

Special Anniversary Event

Saturday, May 7,  2022

Symposium

Open House

Dinner

Symposium

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The Migration and Beyond:

New Perspectives on Swedish-American Relations

 

This symposium highlights the new developments in our field. We have invited four younger scholars—two Americans and two Swedes—to join us in Rock Island. They will talk about the work they are doing and help us understand the new directions in the field of Swedish-American history and relations.  

Saturday, May 7, 2022

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Olin Auditorium, Olin Center, Augustana College

This program is free and open to the public.

Registration is suggested, but not required.  

Opening remarks by Dag Blanck, Swenson Center and Ingrid Ask, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, Washington, D.C.

Erika Jackson

Vikings and Dumb Blondes: The Construction of American Discourse on Nordic and Scandinavian Whiteness

Kim Fahlstedt

The Swedish Peril! Warner Oland and the Birth of Film Propaganda

Coffee break

Adam Hjorthén

Beyond Family: Swedish-American Genealogy, Business, and Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century

Saniya Ghanoui

An American Myth: Birth Control, Sex Education, and the Creation of the Swedish Sin

Concluding remarks by speakers and Dag Blanck

Schedule of events

Times are approximate

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.

 


1:10 – 1:50 p.m.

 

1:50 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 – 3:40 p.m.

3:40 – 4:20 p.m.

4:20 – 4:30 p.m.

Following each talk will be the opportunity for discussion with the speakers.

You are welcome to come and go as you are able/interested.

This program is co-sponsored by the Scandinavian Studies Program of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Augustana College, through a grant from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

 

Moderator

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Dr. Dag Blanck

Director, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College
Professor and Director, the Swedish Institute for North American Studies, Uppsala University
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Dag Blanck will give opening remarks on the Center's 40th anniversary, the new direction of Swedish-American relations, and direct the symposium Q&A and closing remarks. 

Speakers

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Dr. Erika Jackson

Professor,
History Department,
Colorado Mesa
University
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Vikings and Dumb Blondes: The Construction of American Discourse on Nordic and Scandinavian Whiteness

Dr. Kim Fahlstedt

Post-doc scholar, Department of Cinema Studies, 
Stockholm University
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The Swedish Peril! Warner Oland and the Birth of Film Propaganda

Dr. Adam Hjorthén

Senior Lecturer,
Swedish Institute for North American Studies,
Uppsala University
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Beyond Family: Swedish-American Genealogy, Business, and Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century

Dr. Saniya Lee Ghanoui

Program Director,
Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights,
Suffolk University, Boston
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An American Myth: Birth Control, Sex Education, and the Creation of the Swedish Sin

Open House

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Explore an exhibit of library/archives collection highlights from the last 40 years while mingling with symposium participants and guests.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Swenson Center, Denkmann Hall, Augustana College

This program is free and open to the public.

Registration is suggested, but not required.

 

Dinner

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Join us for a celebratory dinner following the symposium and open house.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

6:00 p.m.

Gävle Rooms, Gerber Center, Augustana College

Advanced registration is required.

Please register by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2. 

Program

40th Anniversary comments from Dr. Doug Nelson, Chair of the Swenson Center's advisory committee

Menu

All entrees are served with salad, seasonal vegetables, dinner rolls, and dessert.

The cost of your meal includes one drink ticket. 

Chicken Breast Caprese ($32)

Airline chicken breast stuffed with basil and seared to golden brown, finished with fresh mozzarella cheese and sliced tomato, drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction served with rice pilaf. 

Iowa Chop ($32)

With sage and cranberry dressing topped with cranberry demi, and served with roasted new potatoes. 

Sesame Crusted Tofu with Muchim Pickles (vegetarian) ($32)

Tofu crusted in black and white sesame seeds and baked golden brown, topped with house-made muchim pickles and served with rice pilaf.