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Norway Hub connects the Augsburg community to present-day Norway by providing resources on contemporary Norwegian life and culture, inspiring Augsburg students, faculty, and staff to be dynamically engaged with the University’s Norwegian legacy.

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Did you know that annually on February 6th the Sami National Day is celebrated in Norway?

The Sami, considered indigenous to this region, is the descendants of nomadic peoples who inhabited northern Scandinavia for thousands of years. Historically they travelled between borders of Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Now most of the Sami population in Norway lives above Trondheim in the central part of the country, stretching all the way to the north into the Kola-peninsula in Russia.

The Sami population have their own parliament called Samediggi, their own flag, and they traditionally wear the Samioutfit (Gákti )for ceremonial and symbolic purposes.

Would you like to know more?

Norway House is currently displaying a photographic portrait exhibit by Randall Hyman called Sami Dreams. The mother of one of our very own exchange students, Marja Ristinna Gustad, is depicted in this exhibit (which is open until the beginning of June).

Norway House – Sami Dreams

In addition, Augsburg Native American Film Series will screen a short film called Sami Boy, created by Elle Sofe Henriksen, as a part of a larger celebration titled Celebrating Native Voices: Short Films by Indigenous Filmmakers. This film is available through our partnership with the Norwegian Honorary Consulate General in Minneapolis and the Norwegian Film Institute. This event taking place on April 16 at the University of St. Thomas.

Augsburg Native American Film Series – Native Short Films

AMUNDSEN still a hit 100 years later!

Wednesday, March 27 showed to be a success:  Amundsen Sports, Sons of Norway, the Honorary Consulate General in Minneapolis and Norway Hub hosted a Norwegian Film Screening at Augsburg University.

The newly released film AMUNDSEN was vied by 200 guests, and the event provided opportunities to mingle, network, and participate in an exciting raffle, the prize: a wool-sweater from Amundsen Sports identical to those used by Amundsen in the early 1900’s. Our reception included Pemmican samples (dried meat commonly eaten on expeditions) consumed voluntarily by our adventurous guests. 

In addition, Ann Bancroft, our guest of honor, shared her past experiences and expeditions as a polar explorer, her longtime friendship with Liv Arnesen, and her avid advocation for nature and female power.

This event is an example of how Augsburg University continues to create opportunities connecting our students, staff and faculty to old and contemporary Norway.

A big thank you to Amundsen Sports, Sons of Norway and the Honorary Consulate General in Minneapolis for partnering in a successfully executed night. .

           

Welcome to Norway Hub

Norway Hub connects the Augsburg community to present-day Norway by providing resources on contemporary Norwegian life and culture, inspiring Augsburg students, faculty, and staff to be dynamically engaged with the University’s Norwegian legacy.

Here you will find current events and opportunities. Events will include inviting academics, politicians, diplomats, and artists (e.g., writers, filmmakers, musicians, dancers) who have strong connections to Norway and/or Scandinavia.

The Hub will also provide internship possibilities to students and serve as a resource for faculty and staff, supporting research and grant proposals. We provide cultural activities and scholarship opportunities and bring Norwegian experts and changemakers to campus. Additional outreach involves working closely with partners like Norway House, the Norwegian Honorary Consulate and additional Norwegian-American organizations in our region.

If you are interested in any of these areas, or have questions related to inviting speakers, visa processes, specific events, or outreach, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are located on campus, at the basement of Memorial Hall right under the skyway.

Here you will find current events and opportunities.