2015 Icelandic League of North America Convention

 Highlights

The 2015 Icelandic League of North America Convention in Minnesota this year will include a variety of programs and events. Plans are still underway so we may have updates and/or changes.  

 

Honored Guests


Keynote speaker:  Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland and the current UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador of Languages of the World. Madame Vigdís, who served as Iceland’s President between 1980 and 1996, was the first woman president democratically elected in the world.

Attending: Geir Haarde, Iceland's Ambassador to the United States and Sturla Sigurjónsson, Iceland’s  Ambassador to Canada, and Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Consul General of Iceland in Winnipeg.



Thursday, May 14

 

  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hotel Check-in and Registration

Foyer

 

  7:00 pm

Opening Reception

Riverside

 

Friday, May 15

 

All events will be held in the Foyer and Ballroom on the second floor of the hotel, accessable by the stairway or elevators in the Main Lobby.

 

   7:00 am – Noon

Registration Open

Foyer

 

   7:00 am – 8:30 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BUFFET

Foyer

 

   8:30 am – 10:00 am

Opening Ceremony

Procession of Dignitaries - Gail Einarson-McCleery, Honorary Consul of Iceland in Toronto

National Anthems - Led by Heather Alda Ireland, Consul General, BC & Yukon

Opening Comments - Claire Eckley, President of INL of NA

Welcome from Minnesota Icelandic Community - Dianne O’Konski, Minnesota Icelandic Communities

Welcome from the City of Bloomington -Mayor Gene Winstead

Greetings from INL Iceland- Halldór Árnason, President INL Iceland

Greetings from Iceland’s Ambassador to Canada - Ambassador Sturla Sigurjónsson       

Greetings from Iceland’s Ambassador to the US - Ambassador Geir Haarde

Closing Comments - Claire Eckley, President of the INL of NA

Ballroom

 

10:00 am – 10:30 am

BREAK

 

 

 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sessions

 

 

 

Research/  Education

Promoting Innovation Through Minnesota-Icelandic Partnerships – Connie Delaney

Ballroom IV

 

 

Heritage

Topics

Ballroom III

 

 

Lögberg-Heimskringla - Stefan Jonasson

Movies-Movies-Movies – Gail Einarson-McCleery

Youth Panel: The Next Generation – Gail Einarson-McCleery facilitating - Erin Johnson, Joe Bowen, Ashley Thorvaldson and Sacha Gudmundsson

Capturing Biographies of Our Early Icelandic Settlers – Dianne O’Konski

Icelandic Connection – Signy McInnis

 

 

 

Workshop

Picturing Iceland – Nancy Johnson & Gail Murton

Ballroom II

 

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

LUNCH - Icelandic Sweater (Clothing) Fashion Show – Rosemary Guttormsson

Foyer

 

Friday, May 15 (continued)

 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Sessions

 

 

Research/ Education

Energy and the Environment: Finding a Balance with Nature - Peter Hudleston (Earth Science), Len Ferrington (Entomology), Paul Imbertson (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Ballroom IV

 

Heritage

Topics

Ballroom III

 

 

Icelandic Camp for Kids – Brad Hirst

International Visits (Sharing Talents with Clubs Here and Across the Ocean) – Alicyn Goodman and Joni Shaw

Words Worth Keeping: The Fragile Heritage Project – Ryan Eric Johnson

The Snorri Connection – Halldór Árneson, Ásta Sól Kristjánsdóttir, Gail Einarson-McCleery

 

 

Workshop

Everything You Wanted to Know About Lopapeysa and More! – Rosemary Guttormson

Ballroom II

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

BREAK

Foyer

 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sessions

 

 

Research/ Education

Culture Detective Iceland - Thórunn Bjarnadóttir (Program Director of Intercultural Education)

Design Thinking in Iceland - Tryggvi Thayer (University of Iceland) and Virajita Singh (University of Minnesota)

Ballroom IV

 

Heritage

Topics

 

 

 

Introducing the Icelandic Association of Utah - Richard Williams

The Icelandic Churches in Vesturheimur...A Virtual Trip – Gudmundur Vidarsson

Charitable Gifts that Support Organizations You Love - How Planned Gifts Work – Susan Hommes

Ballroom III

 

Workshop

Genealogy – Sunna Furstenau, Cathy Josephson, Michelle Braakman, Doreen Kristjanson Marston, Ferne Gudnason, David Johnon

Ballroom II

5:00 pm

DINNER on your own

 

 7:30 pm

INL of NA Awards Ceremony

Ballroom III

Saturday, May 16

 

 7:00 am – 8:30 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BUFFET

Foyer

 

 8:30 am – 9:15 am

“Þau fóru . . .Ties That Bind East Iceland and Minnesota – Cathy Josephson

Ballroom III

 

 9:15 am – 9:30 am

Val Björnson: Minnesota Journalist and Politician – Dr. Örn Arnar

Ballroom III

 

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Icelandic Landscapes  - Jody (Bjornson) Martinez

Ballroom III

 

 10:00 am – 10:30 am

BREAK

Foyer

 

 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Ten Plays - Tíu leikrit by Guttormur J. Guttormsson, the Poet of New Iceland - Heather Alda Ireland, Dr. Birna Bjarnadóttir, Elin Thordarson, Christopher Crocker

Ballroom III

 

 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Iceland: Stepping Stone for the Medieval Norse Fur Trade in North America – Robert Johnson and Janie Westin

Ballroom III

 

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

LUNCH – Viking Park Update from Gimli, MB – Kathi Thorarinson Neal

Foyer

 

   1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Annual General Meeting of the INL of NA

Ballroom IV

 

   1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Cooking Icelandic Style – Kristján Thors

Ballroom III

 

   5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Social Hour 

 

 

   6:30 pm

Samkoma and the Icelandic National League Of North America Banquet hosted by the Icelandic Hekla Club

Keynote Speaker – Madame Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Former President of Iceland and current UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador of Languages of the World.

General Ballroom

 

Sunday, May 17

 

   7:00 am – 8:30 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BUFFET

Foyer

 

   8:30 am  – 9:15 am

Icelanders and Washington Island – Richard Purinton

Ballroom III

 

   9:15 am – 9:30 am

A Look at the Life of Guttormur Guttormsson – Stefan Guttormsson

Ballroom III

 

  9:30 am – 10:00 am

BREAK

Foyer

 

 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Utah’s Western Icelanders: A History and Living Legacy – Richard Williams

Ballroom III

 

 11:00 am – 11:15 am

Highlighting Judge Gudmundur Grimson – Steingrimur Steinolfson

Ballroom III

 

 11:15 am – 11:45 am

Hand-off to Vancouver & Convention Close

Ballroom III

 









 














 




 

 

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