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Annie C Humphrey (ASHM)
Women and Family in the Viking World and Folklore and Spirits of Iceland are the talks given by Annie C. Humphrey this year at ScanFest! Annie C. Humphrey is an education assistant at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. She majored in history and medieval studies at Rutgers University and earned her MA in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut. Annie began Viking era re-enactment and combat demonstration in 2007. She has previously served as a program volunteer at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA and has lectured at a variety of universities on Old Norse language and folklore. Annie has a passion for educating the public about Norse, Irish, and medieval topics.
Geneaology: Lecture by Kristina O'Doherty
Kristina Johnson ODoherty graduated from Millersville State College (University) with a degree in Elementary Education and earned a Masters degree in Counseling from Villanova University. She is a graduate of The FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. In 2003 Kristina retired from the FBI after 23 years of service as a Special Agent. She currently volunteers at the American Swedish Historical Museum and for the Emergency Aid of PA Foundation. Kristina lives in Blue Bell, PA with her husband, John.
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The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc.
Film: "A Tour of the Norwegian-American Community in New York," 1965. Comments by Carl Soyland (in Norwegian). Produced by NRK (Norway's radio and television public broadcasting company).
Viking Economics
Scandinavian countries reach top of the charts! How did they get there? While the rest of Europe has been struggling since the 2008 Great Recession, the Nordic countries bounced back. In fact, they've been playing musical chairs at the top of the international charts measuring well-being for over half a century. George Lakey as a young adult married a Norwegian, starting him on a quest to learn what is the Nordics' secret -- why they consistently perform so well at delivering both shared prosperity and individual freedom, even though only Norway struck it rich with oil. In his new book published this year he reveals his answer, and he'll share some of it in this entertaining lecture. The book: Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too. Melville House Publishing (New York and London) July 2016. Lakey did the research and writing while a professor at Swarthmore College, traveling frequently to the Nordic countries for interviews. He is an accomplished public speaker, having made over 2500 presentations on five continents. He also taught sociology at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, while writing many articles and eight other books.