One of my goals this new year is to blog more. I missed the first week of class, but I’ll try to start strong this week.
I’m teaching a January term class here at Gustavus at the moment. The class is focused on how the geology (glacial & volcanic) of Iceland has influenced its history and culture. The first week was spent talking about volcanic processes and culminates with today’s guest speaker, Erik Klemetti. From here we’re going to move towards the glacial background needed before starting to tackle Iceland itself. Because I wanted to integrate culture in also how it relates to Icelandic immigration to Minnesota, last Thursday the class traveled up to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN. The museum still has its Christmas exhibits up, which are several rooms decorated by individual Scandinavian groups in the Minneapolis area. The Icelandic room is not large, but its one of the few places I’ve managed to find in the state that you can point at and say Icelanders influenced it.
Here’s a picture of all of us in front of the museum (minus Sam, who took the picture):
I’ll post more about the activities we did last week once Erik gets back on a plane…