January 25, 2017
The program in Scandinavian studies has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation for “Scandinavian Impulses” programming in 2016-17. In addition to individual cultural events, the grant will provide major support for the upcoming public symposium “Managing Multicultural Scandinavia” on March 31 and April 1.
Featuring international representatives and experts on all the Nordic countries, it will address their distinctively varied policies and ongoing challenges with regard to the European migration crisis. Coordinated with this event is a special course, “The Making of Multicultural Sweden,” taught by Fulbright-Hildeman exchange scholar Markus Huss of Södertörn University in Stockholm, who will help run the symposium.
Osher Foundation funds were used last fall to support the exhibition of CoBrA, artworks by postwar Danish, Dutch, and Belgian artists shown last semester at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, and an October talk by archeologist Douglas Bolender of UMass Boston, about his new research in Iceland and his role in the “space archaeology” project, which last year detected a second likely Viking settlement in North America.
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, based in San Francisco, is dedicated to providing support to nonprofit organizations that benefit Swedish education, culture and arts.