Nordic Ventures is a spring series provided by the Northwest Danish Association. Past speakers and topics have included:

Imaging the Arctic: Communicating Climate Science Through Art

sketching_on_seaice *Maria Coryell-Martin, Expeditionary Artist, Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Lab., University of Washington, Seattle, WA –  Imaging the Arctic:  Communicating Climate Science Through Art – 

In Spring 2013, based out of the small settlements of Niaqornat and Kullorsuaq, expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin accompanied scientist Dr. Kristin Laidre onto the pack ice of Baffin Bay. Dr. Laidre and colleagues are investigating the effects of sea ice loss on narwhals and polar bears, iconic species that are highly adapted to the extreme Arctic environment and vulnerable to climate change. Coryell-Martin worked alongside the scientists as they recorded data on the health and movements of narwhals and polar bears, creating ink and watercolor sketches, as well as multimedia recordings. Following the tradition of artists working with early explorers, her work illustrates the environment and scientific process with a human touch.


The Colors of Denmark

4081356725_d86745c579_z*Dave Hoerlein, Rick Steves Europe, Europe Through the Back Door Speakers Bureau, Seattle, WA – The Colors of Denmark 

Denmark has a distinct color pallet with its rolling green countryside, blue skies, warm and cozy homes, and of course, the ever present Dannebrog. Dave Hoerlein from Rick Steves’ Europe studied urban design at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and will talk about the colors of Denmark as represented in design, artwork, and architecture.




Beowulf_Manuscript*Dr. Bob Fahre, The Beowulf Project, Mercer Island, WA – Beowulf

Dr. Fahrer will review the history and significance of Beowulf, an Old English epic poem that is considered one of the most important works of Old English literature. Written in England sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries, its author was an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet. Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf features Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, who comes to the aid of Hrothgar, King of the Danes, under attack by the monster Grendel. The poem was not studied until the 18th century when it was first translated into Latin in 1815 and then into Danish, the first modern language translation, by N.F.S. Grundtvig in 1820.

Dr. Fahrer will lead a group discussion interspersed with reading sections of Beowulf from the translation by Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s translationof Beowulf includes the original Old English Anglo-Saxon text and Heaney’s translation into modern English. In addition to readings from Beowulf, there will also be a comparison with other translations including that done by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The History of SAS

SAS_737-700_LN-RRB*Henry Geijsbeek, Boeing Company, Kent, WA – History of Scandinavian Airlines, SAS

The history and evolution of Scandinavian Airlines or SAS, previously Scandinavian Airlines System, will be discussed within the larger context of Danish and Scandinavian aviation. SAS was founded in 1946 and is the flagship carrier for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. SAS is the largest airline in Scandinavia. SAS was the primary carrier for travelers from Seattle to Scandinavia for many years and still operates from the U.S., although they no longer fly into Seattle.  SAS was an innovator in transpolar routes and continues to be a leader in travel to the Scandinavian countries.



12744562_1137574019610934_1538818966334816924_nJessica Lynne

“Sometimes authentic country music artists do not grow up in what we would consider hotbeds of country music. Sometimes they grow up in Haslev, Denmark, the native town of current Seattle resident, Jessica Lynne, a sensational and rising country star and one of London Tone Music’s most successful artists…” Read more about Jessica here:










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