Augustana to host Swedish governors, symposium on sustainability


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Posted Online: May 10, 2013, 11:07 am
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Press release submitted by Augustana


Rock Island, Ill. – Three northern Swedish provincial governors, two university presidents and cultural representatives including folk fiddlers will make a Quad Cities area visit "in the trek of the immigrants" May 30-31. Two events associated with the tour on May 30, a program on energy and sustainability in Sweden and a musical performance, will be open to the public.
Participants include governors Barbro Holmberg of Gävleborg Province, Sweden´s former Minister of Migration; Britt Bohlin of Jämtland, a recognized national defense expert; and Bo Källstrand of Västernorrland, former head of Swedish Energy.
Also visiting will be university presidents Dr. Maj-Britt Johansson of Gävle Högskola, a forestry land use expert, and Dr. Anders Söderholm of Mittuniversitetet, a specialist in regional planning and development.
Cultural representatives include national folkfiddlers (Riksspelmän) Görgen Antonsson and Örjan Hans-Ers, who is also manager of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra. Tourism directors Katarina Ceder Bång of Hälsingland and Mats Forslund of Jämtland also will participate in the tour, to speak about the cultural and natural history of their northern Swedish region, including the newly-named UNESCO World Heritage Hälsingland Farms. They will be accompanied by Jämtland provincial planner and tour organizer Olle Lundgren.
The governors will present a panel discussion, "Sustainability in Energy, Transportation & Tourism: The View from Sweden" as part of a colloquium hosted by Augustana College and the City of Rock Island's Advanced Technology and Sustainability Consortium. The colloquium will take place from 9-10 a.m. May 30 in Augustana's Hanson Hall of Science.
Bohlin's province of Jämtlands has become a leader in renewable energy, including hydroelectric, wind and biofuels. Holmberg took part in a forum last December in China on Eco-City Construction. She is a member of the Earth Charter Initiative.
Also on May 30, musicians Görgen Antonsson and Örjan Hans-Ers will visit the River Music Experience (RME) in Davenport to work with youth from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and offer a 7 p.m. performance on the RME's Community Stage. In Sweden, the designation Riksspelman indicates a badge of mastery in folk music. Both Antonsson and Hans-Ers have achieved the national designation as folk fiddlers.
Suggested donations of $5 will be used by the American Scandinavian Association to fund the Mauritzson Scholarship, which helps to bring student from Sweden to study at Augustana.
On May 31, the delegation will visit the Jenny Lind Chapel at Andover, Ill., then continue to a public program at nearby Bishop Hill, and Galva, Ill., (sister city of Gävle, Sweden), home of famed Illinois primitive artist Olof Krans. Krans' paintings at the Bishop Hill Museum tell the story of early Swedish migration to western Illinois.
Their study tour will conclude June 1 with a program in north Chicago's Swedish-American Museum in the Andersonville neighborhood.
For more information, please contact Keri Rursch, director of public relations, at (309) 794-7721 or kerirursch@augustana.edu.





















 



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