Bethany College welcomed renowned Swedish author Jan Arnald to campus in April as the 2015 Pearson Professor of Swedish Studies.
Regarded as one of the finest literary crime writers in Scandinavia, celebrated author, critic, and editor Jan Arnald is the man behind the bestselling “Intercrime” series, written under the pen name of Arne Dahl. The highly praised series of novels has sold more than 2.5 million copies and has won distinguished awards in Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. The series has been translated into more than 25 languages and several titles are available in the United States. The novels were adapted for television and aired in Great Britain, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium, Japan, and across Latin America.
While at Bethany, Arnald guest lectured in the Crime as Social Fact and Fiction class, which is an Interdisciplinary course that is open to students in the criminal justice department and in the honors program. He also took part in a number of public lectures and appearances, including:
- April 2: Welcome Reception, Wallerstedt Learning Center, 10 a.m.
- April 6: Chapel speaker, Pearson Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
- April 14: Public lectures, “Is There Such a Thing as Swedish Crime Fiction?”, Pearson Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
- April 16/21/23: Classroom lectures, Social Science Room 17, 10:35-11:50 a.m. (Public welcome to any one or all class lectures)
- April 17: Chapel speaker, Pearson Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
- April 25: Writing Workshop, Sundstrom Conference Center, 9 a.m. (registration required – 785-227-3380, ext. 8104)
- April 25: Public Reception, Sundstrom Conference Center, 11:30 a.m.
The Pearson Distinguished Professorship in Swedish Studies discovers ways in which present-day Swedish culture and experience can illuminate and strengthen life in the United States. The professorship is made possible by an endowment from Gerald “Bud” Pearson, a long-time friend and supporter of Bethany College who served on the Bethany Board of Directors for two terms. He passed away in June 2008.