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Pearson Professor to give public lecture

Barbro Klein Pearson Professor 2012LINDSBORG, KAN., September 26, 2012—Bethany College’s 2012 Pearson Professor, Barbro Klein, will give a public address entitled “Dala Painting, Sweden and Swedish America:  The Cultural History of Heritage Making” on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Lindquist Hall.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Barbro Klein, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of ethnology at Stockholm University and a director emerita and permanent fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. She received her doctorate in folklore studies and anthropology at Indiana University and has taught at numerous institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Bergen.

Klein has written extensively on oral narration, rituals, museum displays, and other forms of expressive culture in complex multi-ethnic settings, primarily in the United States and northern Europe. Her extensive work and publications involve folkloristics, ethnology, anthropology, and museology.

While at Bethany, Klein will teach “Folklore and Everyday Life” and give the following public presentations.

Friday, Oct. 5

Chapel talk: “Laughing in Niono, Mali: On African Dilemmas”

10:30 to 10:50 a.m., Swenson Chapel in Burnett Center


Tuesday, Oct. 9

Public Lecture: “Dala Painting, Sweden and Swedish America:  The Cultural History of Heritage Making”

7:30 p.m., Lindquist Hall


Wednesday, Oct. 31

Chapel talk: “On the Humanities and on Being Human in a Globalized World”

10:30 to 10:50 a.m., Swenson Chapel in Burnett Center

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Public Lecture: “Reforming Women:  Swedish Folklife Studies and North American Anthropology, circa 1900”

7:30 p.m., Lindquist Hall

The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies is endowed by a gift from the late Gerald “Bud” Pearson to discover ways in which present-day Swedish culture and experience can illuminate and strengthen life in the United States. Every year since 1999, Swedish citizens have taken residence at Bethany to share modern Swedish culture and experience with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Past Professors include art curator and historian Beate Sydhoff, journalist Arne Ruth, poet and novelist Ylva Eggehorn, theologian Krister Stendahl, anthropologist Brita Stendahl, environmentalist Jimmy Sjöblom, composer Eskil Hemberg, theologian the Rev. Kjell Ove Nilsson, international opera star Håkan Hagegård, expert in interfaith dialogue the Rev. Hans Ucko, specialist in forensic and genetic studies Peter Savolainen, Lutheran pastor and church musician Per Harling, and printmaker and art consultant Jordi Arkö.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Caption: Swedish scholar Barbro Klein, Ph.D., will teach at Bethany College as the 2012 Pearson Distinguished Professor of Swedish Studies and give several public presentations.


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September 26th, 2012|