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  • A Celebration on the 35th Anniversary of the World’s First Woman President

    24. júní 2015

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    On Sunday 28 June at 19:40-21:00 festivities will take place at Arnarhóll square in central Reykjavik Lækjargata on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s democratic election to the Icelandic presidency. She was the first woman in the world to be elected to President in democratic elections.

    The event is organized by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and the University of Iceland in cooperation with Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament, the City of Reykjavík, the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities, the Committee on the 100 years anniversary of women’s suffrage in Iceland, and dozens of associations in the numerous fields where Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has been particularly active.

    Many artists will participate in this event which is designed to reach a large public, in particular young people. Among the actors and the musicians featured in the program, feature the Icelandic Wonderbrass band, the Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir, the Danish lyric singer Palle Knudsen, the Swedish lyric singer Ylva Kihlberg, Baggalútur and Samaris bands and others.  

    Two Icelandic writers, the President of the Icelandic Parliament and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir herself will address the audience.

    Several choirs will gather together before the event and sing along with the audience. All are welcome.

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    Credit photos: Róbert Ágústsson (2 August1980) and Una María Óskarsdóttir (19 June 2015).

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  • The Aesthetics of Proletarian Literature in the Americas: Lecture on Friday 28 August 2015

    15. júní 2015

    Anna Björk Einarsdóttir, doctoral student at the University of California, Davis, gives a lecture at the University of Iceland on the aesthetics of proletarian literature in the Americas. The lecture will take place on Friday 28 August at 12:00-13:00. The location will be announced at a later date.

    The lecture, which will be delivered in Icelandic, deals with North and South American proletarian literature with a reference to the realist tradition in Scandinavia. Production of proletarian literature peaked during the 1920s and 30s with writers all over the world committing to the communist cause and contributing to the movement for proletarian and socialist literature. The lecture charts out the main characteristics of proletarian literature in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia as well as the US while analyzing the aesthetics of proletarianism. Besides demonstrating the variety of subject positions that constituted the proletariat in each national literature, the paper focuses on how class consciousness is theorized and how that consciousness shapes the literary form.

    Anna Björk is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on 20th century literature of the Americas with a specific emphasis on the 1920s and 30s, the trajectory of realism throughout the 20th century, the connection between proletarian literature and the avant garde movements.

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  • Lecture on the teaching of linguistics on Tuesday 9 June

    04. júní 2015

    Juan Pablo MoraJuan Pablo Mora, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sevilla, will give a lecture at the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages.

    The lecture is entitled „Flipped learning as an effective methodology to teach introduction to linguistic to large groups of students“ and will take place on Tuesday 9 June at 12:00-13:00 in room 222 in the Main building of the University of Iceland.

    All are welcome.


    The way we usually teach introduction to linguistics classes is by presenting the theoretical material in class and then assigning practical exercises and problems that the students solve at home. Class time is usually spent in a monologue by the teacher with limited participation on the part of the students, usually in the form of clarification questions. Assessment is usually carried out by a final exam in which the students have to show that they have memorised the material presented by the teacher.

    Although this way of teaching could have been the only one viable to teach introduction to linguistics courses to large groups of students in the past, it is argued in this talk that contemporary web-based information society with the new technologies we have at our disposal and especially the irruption and availability of MOOCS make it necessary that we adapt our teaching methodologies to the new times.

    In this talk I will present my experience during the last three academic years using a flipped classroom methodology combined with a project based approach and collaborative learning to teach introduction to linguistics at the University of Sevilla taking advantage of social networks and the new technologies without forgetting the central role that reading and writing play in any effective learning.

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