University will celebrate Scandinavian experience

University will celebrate Scandinavian experience The climax to a year-long symposium examining and celebrating the Scandinavian experience in America will take place on the campus of The University of South Dakota on Jan. 8, 9 and 10.

The public is invited to be guests of the university at all scheduled events, and admission is free.

"Seige Damer," tapestries by Gete Bodogaard and collages by Eva Isaksen, will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts Jan. 8 to Feb. 1. An opening reception is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8. During the reception, students of Dr. Susan Gray, USD Department of Music, will play piano selections by Scandinavian composers

Bill Holm, noted author, entertainer, and personality, will be the featured participant, lecturing and performing on Friday, Jan. 9 in the Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. At 4 p.m. he will be joined in a panel discussion by Dr. Arthur Huseboe, director of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College; Dr. Carl Sunde, professor of foreign languages at South Dakota State University, and Dr. Wayne Knutson, professor emeritus of English and theatre from The University of South Dakota.

At 7:30 Professor Holm will present a lecture/performance in Colton Recital Hall. After the panel discussion and before Holm's evening performance, an old-fashioned, Scandinavian potluck will be held for those interested at the Center for Continuing Education.

The Stavig Letters: The Story of a Norwegian Immigrant will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall. The readers' theatre is based on an extensive collection of letters written between brother Lars Stavig, who immigrated to America in 1876, and Knudt Stavig, who stayed in Norway. The letters span more than half a century and relate the dreams, aspirations, joys, and griefs of two brother. The letters will be read by John and Jane Resmussen and Wayne Knutson.

Support for the symposium comes from the The University of South Dakota and the College of Fine Arts, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and the Wayne s. and Esther M. Knutson Endowment.

Other events culminating the year-long symposium on Scandinavia and the Americas will take place in the spring and summer. For more information on the events of the Scandinavia and the Americas symposium contact Sandra Carlson, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, The University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069, (605)677-5481 or e-mail

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