Dr. Maren Johnson, Luther College's Associate Professor of Nordic Studies and Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies Director, facilitates a monthly bokprat, discussing Scandinavian authors and Scandinavian life.
The first book in Vidar Sundstøl’s critically acclaimed Minnesota trilogy, The Land of Dreams, centers around the murder investigation of a Norwegian tourist in a small town along the north shore of Lake Superior. An FBI agent must collaborate with Norwegian detective Eirik Nyland on the investigation. They soon discover that what appears to be a simple case is complicated by the murder of an Ojibwe man more than a century ago. As one critic writes, this book is “...an exploration of the hidden traumas and paths of silence that trouble history, and a haunting study in the guilt and the bonds of blood.”
Join us as we explore the fascinating interplay of race, place, and identity in The Land of Dreams.
This month’s Bokprat is offered in collaboration with Luther College’s Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, and the Civic Sustainability Initiative and is supported in part by the Richard L. and Judith A. Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies.
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: November 3, 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.