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    Iceland to be Discussed at Nathan Lecture

    “Iceland: History, Culture, Environment” will be discussed at the Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 29, in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. Her Excellency, Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir of Iceland, is the lecture’s distinguished guest speaker.
    March 17, 2022

    For the seventh annual presentation in the Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, The University of Scranton will host Her Excellency, Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir of Iceland. Ambassador Ellertsdóttir will present a lecture titled, “Iceland: History, Culture, Environment” on Tuesday, March 29, at 4 p.m.

    Ambassador Ellertsdóttir’s presentation will explore the intricacies of Iceland, its government, economic system, history and culture. A panel discussion will accompany the presentation. Following the panel discussion, there will be a demonstration of Icelandic culture in a performance by the classical violinist Eva Ingolfsdóttir. At the conclusion of the event, a reception will be held for all those in attendance.

    Ambassador Ellertsdóttir began to serve as Iceland’s ambassador to the United States on Sept. 16, 2019. Prior to this appointment, she held positions at Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Icelandic Embassy in Germany and the European Free Trade Association. Ambassador Ellertsdóttir has also previously served as ambassador of Iceland to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Switzerland and San Marino. She received her education at the University of Freiburg in Germany, studying German, political science, English and history. Then, at the University of Iceland she continued studying political science and English. She earned her master’s in European studies from the University of Essex in Britain.

    Ingolfsdóttir is a classical violinist, animator and composer with her first album of compositions in the works. She started to play the violin at a young age and has studied broadly in Europe, beginning her training at the Conservatory of Reykjavík, and traveling to conservatories in Brussels, Geneva, and Amsterdam. She has played solo recitals around the globe, including stages in Iceland, Japan, the United States, Russia and Europe.

    This lecture is sponsored by the Weinberg Memorial Library and will take place on March 29 in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. The event is free of charge and open guests from the greater Scranton community through the generous support of Dr. Nathan. Reservations are encouraged and can be made on the Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar Lecture Series webpage or by calling Kym Balthazar Fetsko at 570-941-7816.

    Health and safety protocols that are in effect on March 29 as outlined in the Royals Back Together plan must be followed by those in attendance.

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