SASS 2017 Minneapolis

May 11-14, 2017


SASS 2017 Presidential Theme: Nordic Connections Old and New

We’d like to extend our warmest invitation to SASS 2017, which will take place In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the traditional capital of Scandinavian America. While the late 19th and early 20th century connections between the Nordic countries and the Upper Midwest have always run long and deep, we faculty here in the Twin Cities area have in recent years been witness to something remarkable, namely what appears to be the birth of a new and vibrant Scandinavian-American scene out of the foundation of the old immigrant-based community. Everywhere there are signs of new connections forming between young Minnesotans and their counterparts in Norden, in music, in the visual arts, in food and in design and in numerous other cultural endeavors.  And we have most certainly seen this in our classrooms as well, in an extraordinary infusion of young people from the widest variety of backgrounds who come together out of an abiding interest in all things Nordic, whether they originate from as long ago as the Viking Age or from the present- thus our 2017 Presidential Theme, “Nordic Connections: Old and New.”

Conference Hotel

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, located on Nicollet Mall downtown.  We have negotiated a room rate of $169/night (including taxes), with up to four people in a room.  The reservations link is open now.


Minneapolis is a major city in Minnesota that forms  the “Twin Cities” with the neighboring state capital of St. Paul. Bisected by the Mississippi River, it is known for its parks and lakes. Minneapolis is also home to many cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, and it’s adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture.  Things to do in Minneapolis.


Final program:  ProgramFinal (pdf)



Please note that all presenters must be registered SASS members; non-members must register at the non-member rate.

Early registration closed on February 15, regular registration closed on March 15, and late registration on April 30.

Early Regular Member: $160; Regular Member: $185; Late Regular Member: $215.

Early Non-Member: $200; Regular Non-Member: $225; Late Non-Member: $250.

Special Events

St. Olaf Old Main

Conference attendees may tour St. Olaf College in nearby Northfield on Thursday afternoon.

Anatoly Liberman will deliver the keynote address and sign copies of his new book on Nordic Mythology at 7 PM Thursday.

Pekka Kuuisto

Finnish composer and violinist Pekka Kuusisto will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Friday evening.

The American Association for Runic Studies will host a Friday evening lecture and reception featuring Henrik Williams at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

American Swedish Institute

Byron Nordstrom will lead a tour of the American Swedish Institute on Sunday morning, followed by fika.

Peter Rachleff of Macalester College will lead a walking tour of St. Paul’s Payne Avenue on Sunday at 9:30 am. Rachleff will discuss the street’s role as a center of immigrant life, from the Swedish, Italian and German immigrants of the l9th century to the Hmong, Mexican, and Salvadoran immigrants of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Download walking tour flyer