Upcoming Events

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

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Gender Equality and Iceland's 100 Years of Sovereignty

Presented by Mrs. Inga Jona Thordardottir, former Reykjavik City Council member and wife of Icelandic Ambassador Haarde

As Iceland celebrates its 100th anniversary of sovereignty, Mrs. Inga Jona Thordardottir, a former Reykjavik City Council member, explores why Iceland and other Nordic countries are at the top of the list of countries showing the world's best results in gender equality. The Icelandic women's movement and the struggle for gender equality has its roots in Iceland's history and culture and it is an important part of Iceland's path to independence. Mrs. Thordardottir has been an active participant in the Women's movement going back to the early seventies and she was Chairperson of Iceland's Women's Right Association from 1992 to 1995.

Other Upcoming Events

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Chef Mikko Kosonen

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM
To be announced

All of the above events will be held at:
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

18th Annual Joint Midsommar Celebration

May PoleHosted by Drott Lodge with support from ASA & SWEA

Sunday, June 24, 2018,
at 2:30 PM

Carderock Picnic Pavilion, MD

Bring garlands of greens at 2:30 PM, put a wreath of flowers on your head, and help decorate the Maypole. Children's Games at 3:00 PM. Help raise the Maypole at 3:50 PM. At 4:00 PM, join in the ring dances and games and celebrate Midsommar, St. Hans, Sankte Hans with live music, and pot luck dinner at 4:45 pm!

For the picnic:

  • Bring a generous dish according to your last name:
    A-G dessert, H-Rmain dish , S-Z salad
  • Soft drinks, tap beer, coffee, cups, paper plates, and plastic ware will be supplied.
  • For your comfort bring your lawn chairs or a picnic blanket.

Past Events

Monday, February 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

The Global Refugee Crisis

Presented by Joel R. Charny, Norwegian Refugee Council

Forced displacement is one of the great challenges of our time. Some 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes by conflict. Responding to their needs is the imperative of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. At the ASA event on 19 February, Joel Charny, the Director of the Washington office of NRC (NRC USA), will describe the global situation for refugees and people displaced within their own countries; the challenges of responding to the situation with the rise of nativist political movements and attitudes; and the lifesaving work of NRC, with particular focus on the Middle East and Africa. He will also describe the role of NRC USA as a Scandinavian institution in Washington and the wider United States.

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Let Us Be Finns

presented by Robert Rinehart, former Director, US Foreign Service Institute, Scandinavian Division

On December 6, 2017, the people of Finland celebrated the 100th year since the founding of their country as an independent nation state. Continuing in that celebration, “Let Us Be Finns” tells the story of four writers and scholars – Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Elias Lonnrot, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, and Zachris Topelius – who, in the previous century, inspired by their work a consciousness of national identity among the Finnish people. Telling the story is Robert Rinehart who for twenty-five years was director of Northern European Area Studies Programs at the Foreign Service Institute.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM
St. James Episcopal Church
11815 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, Maryland

Scandinavian Christmas Festival

With the Sights, Sounds, and Scents of a Scandinavian Christmas!

  • St. Lucia Pageant at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary of the Church
  • Bazaar Begins at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall
  • Coffee, Glögg, Pepparkakor, Pulla, Kringles
  • Dancing around the Christmas Tree
  • A Visit by Santa & Gift Bags
  • Nordic Dancers
  • Grand Raffle Drawing

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

The Vikings in English History

presented by author David Mullaly

David K. Mullaly is passionate about Viking culture, history, and archeology. He received both his bachelor's degree and master's degree in English from Penn State University and did doctoral work in English at Northwestern University. Mullaly spent thirty years teaching high-school English and also taught part time at Northwestern. He bought and sold period Viking artifacts for over a dozen years and understands how their culture was reflected in their crafts. He also worked with Norsemen Saga author James L. Nelson, and has published short essays about Viking artifacts on Academia.edu. Mullaly will give an overview of the Vikings and will talk about his novel, Eadric and the Wolves, and the importance of that period in English cultural history. The lecture ends with a show-and-tell of Viking artifacts, including jewelry and a complete early 10th century Viking sword.

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

John Ericsson and the Engines of Exile

presented by author David Mel Paul

David Mel Paul was awarded the M.A. in Humanities by the University of Chicago and received a Swedish translator's certificate from Uppsala University in Sweden. He served for three years in the U.S. Navy, became a technical writer, and then an exhibit designer and producer in aerospace companies. He joined the United States Information Agency as a producer of cultural exchange exhibitions, organizing the U.S. exhibitions in the Soviet Union, and in every Soviet bloc capital in Eastern Europe. David Mel Paul is a translator of Swedish books; a variety of American publishers have issued his English versions of Swedish biography and fiction.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM
St. John's Church
Wisconsin Ave & Bradley Blvd
Chevy Chase, MD

Finland 100 - A Remarkable Success Story

presented by Annina Aalto, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Finland

Annina Aalto is the Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of Finland and has worked for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland since 2012. Prior to this she worked for the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Annina received a Master of Science degree from Lund University School of Economics and Management in Sweden and a Master of Arts degree from the College of Europe in Belgium.