Dr. Maren Johnson, Luther College's Associate Professor of Nordic Studies and Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies Director, facilitates a monthly Bokprat inspired by Scandinavian authors and Scandinavian life.
Join us for a conversation on Derek B. Miller’s American by Day, the sequel to his Norwegian by Night.
American by Day follows police Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård as she leaves Norway to investigate a new case. This assignment is significantly personal, as her own brother has been implicated in the mysterious death of a prominent African-American scholar in America. Sigrid enters the United States and meets myriad challenges, navigating not only new police structures but also conflicts with race and identity, politics, and values and norms of daily life. She must figure out a way to navigate these challenges before events escalate further and have larger consequences for her brother.
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: Registered participants should secure their own copy of the featured book and have read it prior to the discussion. You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.
Enrollment Deadline: August 13, 2020
Maren Anderson Johnson is assistant professor of Nordic Studies and Director of the Richard L. and Judith A. Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies at Luther College. She teaches courses in Norwegian language and contemporary Nordic culture. Johnson received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Scandinavian language and literature from the University of Washington and B.A. in Norwegian language and literature from Pacific Lutheran University.