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O. Fritiof

Ander Lecture Series

Our lecture series invites a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies and/or Swedish-American relations to give a lecture on the Augustana College campus.

About the Lecture Series

The O. Fritiof Ander Lecture invites a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies and/or Swedish-American relations to give a lecture on the Augustana College campus. 

The lecture series is named in honor of Dr. O. Fritiof Ander, who taught history at Augustana from 1930 to 1968. A legendary professor, he was a pioneer and leading name in immigration history and the author of numerous books and articles in the field.

Some past lectures are available on YouTube.

Past Lecturers


October 2020

Hélène Ohlsson

Transatlantic Performances of Swedishness: The Opera Divas Jenny Lind and Christina Nilsson in the U.S. in the 19th Century


October 2019

Ola Larsmo

Author of "Swede Hollow"

Swede Hollow: A Different Swedish-American Story


October 2018

Panel: Karin Henriksson, Martin Gelin, Wendy Hilton-Morrow, and moderator Ulf Jonas Björk

News from America: Reporting on the United States in Sweden


October 2017

David Krueger

Author of "Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America."

American Rune Stone— Monument, Memorial and Myth


October 2016

Adam Kaul

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Welfare, Augustana College

Making and Marketing Heritage: Nostalgia, Dissonance, and Sustainability in Bishop Hill, Illinois


October 2015

Peter Kivisto

Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought, Augustana College

Immigration Backlash in the Nation of Immigrants

October 2014

Philip J. Anderson

Professor Emeritus, North Park University

Voluntary Religion and the Swedish Immigrant Experience 

October 2013

Gunlög Fur

Professor of History, Linnaeus University

Indians and Immigrants: Entangled Histories

Keynote address for the conference "Indians and Immigrants: Entangled Histories"

October 2012

Donna Gabaccia

Professor of History, University of Minnesota

The Freedom to Move. Immigrants and Natives 1776-present

October 2011

Jennifer Eastman Attebery

Professor of English and Director of Folklore Program, Idaho State University

Blending Celebrations in the Rockies: How Midsummer became American and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Pioneer Day became Swedish 

October 2010

Henrik Williams

Professor of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University

The Kensington Runestone - Fact and Fiction

October 2009

Anne-Charlotte Harvey

Professor of Theatre, San Diego State University

Yon Yonson ― The Original Dumb Swede But Not So Dumb: Swedish-American Comic Stereotypes in American Popular Culture

October 2008

Joy Lintelman

Professor of History, Concordia College

“I Go to America”: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson

October 2007

Thomas Tredway

President Emeritus, Augustana College

Pinching Pennies in the Provinces: The Mid-Century Finances of an Immigrant College

Keynote address for the conference "Friends and Neighbors? Swedes and Norwegians in the United States"

October 2006

Lars Nordström

Independent scholar, Beavercreek, Oregon

Being Swedish in America in the Post-War Period

October 2005

Don Lago

Freelance author, Flagstaff, Arizona

Swedish America: Nostalgia for the past, or hope for the future?

October 2004

Werner Sollors

Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English and Afro-American Studies, Harvard University

Gustaf Jarlson's "America letters" and the Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans as Told by Themselves

Keynote address for the conference "Jag lever och har hälsan (I'm alive and well)"

October 2003

Jon Gjerde

Professor of History, University of California-Berkeley

Freedom and the Immigrant Myth: European Immigrants in the United States

November 2001

Barbro Klein

Director, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Uppsala University

Keynote address for the conference “Being Swedish-American Today”

October 2000

Maria Jarlsdotter Enckell

Independent Scholar, Seattle and Chicago

Scandinavians Immigrants in Russian Alaska: 1800-1867


October 1999

Ulf Jonas Björk

Associate Professor of Journalism, Indiana University-Indianapolis

The Swedish-American Press as an Immigrant Institution

October 1998

H. Arnold Barton

Professor of History, Southern Illinois University

Crossings and Recrossings: America and Sweden in the 20th Century

Keynote address for the conference “The Migration of Ideas: Sweden and the United States in the 20th Century”

October 1997

Nils Hasselmo

President Emeritus, University of Minnesota

Language Policy and Language Politics in the U.S. and Europe

April 1996

Kathleen Conzen

Professor of History, University of Chicago

Pioneering as an Immigrant Process in the 19th Century American West

Keynote address for the conference "O Pioneers": Swedes on the American Frontier"

April 1995

Byron Nordstrom

Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

Dead Uncertainties: Swedish-American Images of History

April 1994

Nils William Olsson

F.A.S.G., editor of Swedish American Genealogist

Naming Patterns Among Swedish Americans

Keynote address for the 1994 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS): "Naming Patterns Among Swedish Americans"

April 1993

Mary Swanson

Professor of Art History, College of St. Thomas

Swedish American Art and Artists

October 1991

Harald Runblom

Associate Professor of History, Uppsala University

‘We are all Swedish here, aren’t we, Mrs. O’Brien?’ Swedes and Other Ethnic Groups in American Life

April 1990

Rudolph Vecoli

Professor of History, University of Minnesota

The Trials and Tribulations of an Immigration Historian: George Stephenson and the Swedish-American Community

April 1989

Robert Ostergren

Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Geographic Perspectives on Swedish Immigrant Settlement in North America

May 1988

John Bodnar

Professor of History, Indiana University

The Origin and Function of Memory in Ethnic Communities

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