The Minnesota Peace Initiative winter lecture will take place on this date at the McNamara Alumni Center. Check back for details and updated time of this event.
A memorial service to honor our tireless supporter and friend, Jon Pederson will be held at Mindekirken on Sunday, October 13, at 3:00pm. An outdoor reception will follow the service, and Norway House will be open for those who wish to sit inside with coffee. Norway House and Mindekirken are located on the same block with a shared parking lot.
The address for Mindekirken, The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church is:
924 East 21st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Among the many hats Jon wore in the Norwegian-American community, he served on the Norway House Board of Directors and was the former Board Chairman. He touched many lives through his steadfast involvement in our community until his sudden passing on August 29. His funeral was held on September 5 in Spicer, MN.
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Baked Goods for the Memorial
In thinking of ways we could honor our beloved Jon Pederson, and friends have wondered what could they do, we are asking that anyone who would like to make a baked good, especially Norwegian, for his memorial service, it would be appreciated.
Stine Aasland, the Waffle Queen, who considered Jon her American father, will be making waffles, to honor him. She will be serving waffles and coffee outdoors. Mindekirken and Norway House will serve coffee and baked goods. We feel this should best accommodate the anticipated amount of friends expected.
We will need the baked goods to be delivered to Norway House on Saturday, October 12th between the hours 10-2.
If you need to have the container/tin they are delivered in returned to you, please mark it with masking tape and your name and phone number.
Please contact Nancy Olson by email or phone as to what you are contributing and approximate amount. Such as 4 dozen Krumkake or 1 pan of lemon bars (small\large) – Jon’s favorite!
Volunteers will be needed to help with plating and serving. Let Nancy know if you would be willing to help. We will be working around the Leif Eriksson Festival being held at the church in the morning, including a special lunch, and we will plate the cookies at 9:00 at the church and take them to Norway House after the service. After the service, we'll need help monitoring and cleaning up during and after the reception. As Jon used to say, “Many hands make light work.”
How can we talk about and understand hate and violence in our community and in the world? In what ways does hate lead to violence? How does hate appear in our communities and networks?
Heartland Democracy welcomes Norwegian activist and academic Bjørn Ihler to Minnesota, to help us launch a new conversation and action agenda around recognizing and combating hate and violence.
Bjørn will be joined by Democracy Heartland at Norway House to host an informal dialogue and Q&A on these issues leading up to Bjørn’s lecture at Macalester the following day, Monday, June 24th.
Join Norway House - Minnesota Peace Initiative for a moderated discussion featuring guest speakers Dr. Lee Freilich and Dr. Gayle Schueller.
The next installment of the Norwegian movie series is for families and children on a Saturday afternoon. Presenting, OPERATION ARCTIC (Operasjon arktis), a film by Grethe Bøe-Waal, based on the novel by Leif Hamre.
The Sámi, northern Europe's only indigenous people, share dreams few others fully understand. Norway House is proud to host Hyman’s collection of portraits and audio interviews featuring the Norwegian Sámi community as Norwegian-American audiences continue to contemplate contemporary Norwegian identities and politics in relationship to our own.
The first presentation in the Gallery at Norway House this year features two contemporary Danish ceramic artists, Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen in tandem with Minnesota woodcarver, Mike Loeffler. These works offer an opportunity for Norway House audiences to explore how familiar objects - like vases, pitchers, and plates - can be re-imagined in creative ways, illustrating an infinite variety of possibilities, all within the theme of “Vessel.”
The iconic paper heart basket has become a symbol of the holiday season throughout the Nordics. Minnesota artist, Christopher Sorenson grew up with this tradition, and has taken the technique to a whole new level.
Keynote Speakers for this program include:
Tom Hanson, currently serves as Program Secretary of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and as a lecturer/consultant for the Great Decisions program at Global Minnesota.
Elaine Tyler May, a historian of the United States in the twentieth century and a Regents Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Jonas Bergan Draege, a joint postdoctoral research fellow with the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative (MEI) and the Center for International Development's Evidence for Policy Design.
Event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Dr. John Haugo, who was a member of the University of Minnesota’s Borlaug Blue Ribbon Commission, will discuss Borlaug’s Norwegian roots, boyhood, education, career and honors. Borlaug’s honors include the Nobel Peace Prize and recognition as one of the world’s top three humanitarians and as the University of Minnesota’s most famous alumnus.
Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.
Join us for one of the best and biggest (and only) Eurovision Song Contest viewing parties in the Twin Cities at the one and only SaloonMN! Andy Lamp of Wiwibloggs International Eurovision Newsource and Danny Suelter of The Saloon will be hosting a viewing of the 2018 Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Norway House's very own Ethan Bjelland will be there to lead up the Norwegian fan section! Come as you are, and stay for as long as you'd like.
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The Minnesota Peace Initiative will be hosting its spring forum on China: The New Silk Road: A Road to Peace? Three expert panelists will dive into discussion about China's One Belt, One Road Initiative, and the future impact of this initiative. We invite you to join us for a night of enlightening dialogue on this global issue.
Meet internationally best-selling journalist and writer Åsne Seierstad, the acclaimed Norwegian journalist whose The Bookseller of Kabul was an international best-seller in the early 2000s. Seierstad will be discussing her brand new book Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad.
Sven Sundgaard is a meteorologist at KARE11 with a passion for the environment and the climate. Sven has traveled the world extensively highlighting climate change & environmental issues. Join him as he discusses why the planet's Arctic & Antarctic are particularly vulnerable to changes in the delicate climate balance.
Time to get stoked, The 612 Sauna Society is coming to Norway House!
Come relax during one of the many available sauna sessions during the month of February. Grab a towel, swimsuit, and get ready to enjoy time on the bench!