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Meet the Author: Bernd Brunner, Extreme North: A Cultural History

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An entertaining and informative voyage through cultural fantasies of the North, from sea monsters and a mountain-sized magnet to racist mythmaking.

Due to an extenuating circumstance, this event has been postponed until further notice. Refunds will be issued to all ticket purchasers. 

People have long projected their fantasies onto the great expanse of the global North, whether it be as a frozen no-man’s-land, an icy realm of marauding Vikings, or an unspoiled cradle of prehistoric human life. In EXTREME NORTH: A Cultural History, historian Bernd Brunner reconstructs the encounters of adventurers, colonists, and indigenous communities that led to the creation of a northern “cabinet of wonders” and imbued Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Arctic with a perennial mystique. An entertaining and informative voyage through cultural fantasies of the North, from sea monsters and a mountain-sized magnet to racist mythmaking, Extreme North explores both the dramatic vistas of the Scandinavian fjords and the murky depths of a Western psyche obsessed with Nordic whiteness.

About the Author & Moderator

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    Bernd Brunner

    Bernd Brunner is an historian, lecturer, and author of many acclaimed books.

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    Bernd Brunner

    Bernd Brunner is an historian, lecturer, and author of many acclaimed books.

    His work has also appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, the Paris Review, and Aeon, among other outlets. He splits his time between Istanbul and Berlin. For more information, follow him on Twitter or visit his website, www.berndbrunner.com.

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    Dr. Andy Meyer, University of Washington

    Andy Meyer is Assistant Teaching Professor of Norwegian in the Scandinavian Studies Department at the University of Washington, where he teaches primarily Norwegian language courses and a course on the literature of the Arctic.

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    Dr. Andy Meyer, University of Washington

    Andy Meyer is Assistant Teaching Professor of Norwegian in the Scandinavian Studies Department at the University of Washington, where he teaches primarily Norwegian language courses and a course on the literature of the Arctic.

    His teaching and research background are in American literature, with an emphasis on ecocriticism, poetry and poetics, literature of the North American West, and, more recently, Arctic studies. Much of his work is engaged in questions about the relationship between literary imagination and “wildness,” questions that have drawn him toward the American, Canadian, and Scandinavian North. In 2015-2016 he was a Fulbright Roving Scholar in Norway, where he traveled the length of the country giving workshops and lectures in 61 schools on the mainland and in Svalbard. For summer 2022, he is teaching Norwegian in Norway for the International Summer School at the University of Oslo.