Professor Emeritus Eugene Bales, Ph.D., (also retired provost and dean of the college), visited Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden, in April to present research and Q&A sessions.
Bales’ presented his paper “Education, Diversity, and Justice” to faculty and staff of the Swedish language studies department. The paper explored topics including the expense of education and diversity as a necessity for justice. The paper is available on Bales’ blog, Reflections. He also held a seminar and question-and-answer session on American and Swedish cultures especially for students interested in studying in the U.S.
Bales stayed at “The Castle” on Linnaeus’ campus and was hosted by Birgitta and Nicholas Waters, who visited Bethany in 2011 and 2012. Birgitta, lecturer from the School of Language and Literature at Linnaeus, served as Linnaeus’ representative to sign an exchange agreement with Bethany in 2011 to encourage the exchange of students and faculty.
Nicholas has conducted research in Lindsborg to explore how language of Swedish immigrants in America transitioned toward English. He is also an English Labor Party political organizer, and Bales traveled with the Waters to England to help get out the vote for England’s Election Day. They also attended a professional soccer game at Norwich stadium and toured London.
Linnaeus University opened on January 1, 2010, as a merger of Kalmar University and Växjö University. It pursues teaching and research in Kalmar and Växjö related to natural sciences and humanities and social sciences, respectively. Programs are truly international with major opportunities for participation in both regional and worldwide networks. See Study Abroad for more information.