Stefan Jonasson heading to Iceland as INLNA International Visitor
The Icelandic National League of North America is pleased to announce that Stefan Jonasson will be its 2017 Lecturer for the International Visits Program. He will undertake a speaking tour of Iceland following the Easter holiday, sponsored by the INLNA in collaboration with Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga.
Stefan will be offering a choice of lecture in each place he visits from among five general themes: Icelandic involvement in North American public life, Western Icelandic contributions to literature, religious controversies among the Western Icelanders, Icelandic immigrants’ religious life in the absence of a state church, or a general survey of the history of Icelandic Winnipeg.
No stranger to Lögberg-Heimskringla readers, Stefan has been the paper’s editor for the past two years. An ordained Unitarian minister, he came to L-H after a distinguished 24-year career as a denominational executive with the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, he was the recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. He has been president of the university’s alumni association and currently sits on its board of regents. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 in recognition of his community service.
Stefan is deeply immersed in Icelandic history and culture on both sides of the ocean. He has been a frequent tour guide for Icelanders visiting Winnipeg, at the request of the Consulate General of Iceland in the city, and he has led several tours of varying size for North Americans visiting Iceland. There are few topics involving Iceland about which he does not have at least a passing interest.
The international visitor during the 2016-2017 academic year was to have been Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, but he was elected President of Iceland last June and had to decline the invitation to visit North America last fall. It normally would have been Iceland’s turn to receive a visitor, so Stefan was recruited to go to Iceland in place of Guðni’s scheduled visit here. In October 2015, Dr. Grímur Valdimarsson was the international visitor and he toured INLNA clubs to speak about the state of the world’s fisheries and Iceland’s fishing practices.
The International Visits Program was established to foster understanding and relationships between Icelanders and people of Icelandic descent living in North America. Each year, the program sponsors either a person from Iceland to visit North America or a person from North America to visit Iceland. The program selects people with special qualifications or expertise as writers, scholars, scientists, genealogists, researchers, or other areas of interest. Previous international visitors have included literary scholar Viðar Hreinsson, genealogist Sunna Furstenau, photographer Mats Wibe Lund, and crime novelist Yrsa Sigurðardóttir,
For more information about the INLNA International Visits Program, please contact Alicyn Goodman, Chair, IVP Committee (email@example.com).
Icelandic National League of North America
North American Visitors to Iceland
The International Visits Program of the Icelandic National League and the Icelandic National League of North America has been established to foster understanding and relationships between Icelanders and people of Icelandic descent living in North America. Each year the Program sponsors a person from Iceland to visit North America or a person from North America to visit Iceland. The Program selects people from North America with special qualifications or expertise as writers, scholars, scientists, genealogists, researchers or other areas of interest to audiences in Iceland . Presentations are made in several locations in Iceland, usually about a dozen or so.
While an objective of the Program is to select persons of Icelandic descent, this does not exclude others whose expertise might be of interest to Icelandic audiences.
Return airfare, IcelandAir, North America/Iceland is provided. While in Iceland transportation, some meals and accommodation are provided by Icelandic hosts. You may be a welcome guest in a home or stay in a bed and breakfast, inn or hotel.
The International Visits Program invites expressions of interest from persons wishing to participate in the Program.
Icelandic National League of North America
#103 – 94 1st Avenue
Gimli, Manitoba, R0C 1B1
Phone: 204.642.5897 Fax: 204.642.9382 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Viðar Hreinsson, an independent literary scholar, grew up on a farm in the North of Iceland. A lecturer on various aspects of Icelandic literary and cultural history at universities in Iceland, Denmark, and Canada, he also acted as general editor of the acclaimed five-volume series The Complete Sagas of Icelanders, published in 1997.
Viðar’s two-volume biography of Icelandic-Canadian literary giant Stephan G. Stephansson was published in Icelandic in 2002 and 2003. Volume I was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize in 2002 and the completed work received the 2003 Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing.
An English, one-volume version of this biography is now available in English: Wakeful Nights. Stephan G. Stephansson: Icelandic-Canadian Poet. It has already received good reviews in Lögberg Heimskringla and Kirkus Review.
An outspoken environmental and political activist and former Director of the Reykjavík Academy, Viðar Hreinsson has since written two biographies and worked on developing new and critical approaches to Icelandic literary and cultural history.
Viðar will present Stephan G. Stephansson's biography, discuss his immigrant experience, introduce his profound poetry and philosophy of life that is highly relevant today, and finally read a few of his poems in Icelandic.
MATS WIBE LUND BRINGS HIS BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF ICELAND’S FARMS TO NORTH AMERICA
Click on the picture below to see a video of Mats explaining how he works
at the Toronto Presentation with Gail Einarson-McCleery
Video by Vern Austman
Reviews of this very successful tour coming soon. In the meantime:
Mats main website is: www.mats.is
His interactive website, set up especially for the Ancestral Farm Photo presentations is: http://mats.photoshelter.com
On this site you can view each and every presentation and also set up a preliminary order and get price quotes for final decision on whether or not to buy or alter you order.
In the latest N.A. tour by the International Visits Program of the INL of NA, photographer Mats Wibe Lund from Iceland will visit 11 clubs and feature his pictures of ancestral farms in their natural surroundings, be it the mountains, glaciers, or seaside.
Flying his own plane, Mats has photographed most of the farms and towns in Iceland and will be custom making his presentations to feature farms submitted by INL club members, from which their ancestors immigrated to NA. This is an unique opportunity for us, and digital images will also be for sale.We are very grateful to Icelandair for helping to make this tour possible.
Make sure to come out to see Mats’ show … locations and dates are on the next page; more information from local presidents as to venue and times.