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Upcoming Lectures & Literary Programs

Stork Flying over Pinewood
Book Talk with Jan Erik Holst

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm
Free, but film admission required

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Nordic-Baltic Film Cooperation Jan Erik Holst, editor of Stork Flying over Pinewood (Kom Forlag, 2014), presents a spectrum of historical and cultural aspects on this significant film collaboration.

Stork Flying over Pinewood – Book Talk with Jan Erik HolstFrom the beginning of the Singing Baltic Revolution in August 1989 through present day, the Nordic Film Institutes – through their umbrella organization Scandinavian Films – have developed a film cooperation between the five Nordic and three Baltic countries. Festivals, film weeks, and co-productions saw the light of day in the early and mid-90s, often thanks to, and with the help of the Information Offices run by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR). With a strong interest in the Nordic culture of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania partly rooted in their first period of independence for these nations between 1918 and 1940, seminars and symposiums were organized in order to connect Nordic and Baltic film production and to develop film policy and regulations with the frame of trade cooperation across the Baltic Sea.

About Jan Erik Holst

Jan Erik Holst is a Norwegian author and former Executive Editor of the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) (1988-2014), also known as the “Ambassador of Norwegian Cinema Abroad.”

After serving as Chairman and Manager of the Federation of Norwegian Film Clubs, Holst became programmer at the Bærum Municipal Cinemas and head of the State Center of Film Studies before he joined the Norwegian Film Institute as C.E.O in 1988. After NFI’s restructuring, he became Head of the Film Department and later the International Department.

Holst has represented Norwegian cinema at all major festivals worldwide and organized film weeks and film exhibitions where he has participated as a speaker and lecturer. Former Chairman of the Amanda Committee and Scandinavian Films, he has also written several books including a book about 100 years of Norwegian cinema.

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The Swimmer
Book Talk with Joakim Zander

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 pm

The Swimmer – Book Talk with Joakim ZanderAuthor and Stockholm-native Joakim Zander discusses his thrilling debut novel The Swimmer (HarperCollins, February 2015).

Suspense, action, intrigue, romance, and ruthless killers – all packed in a hot-button topical plot spanning the globe and revolving around a father's love for the daughter he abandoned. That is a hint of what makes The Swimmer an exceptionally exciting debut novel. Already a bestseller in Europe, with rights sold in 28 countries, this fast-paced thriller weaves together classic espionage, chilling 21st-century terrorism, and complex characters in a story filled with startling twists and lurking demons.

A true original, The Swimmer is sure to grip American fans of sophisticated, edgy spy fiction and dramas like Showtime's Homeland.

Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

About Joakim Zander

Joakim Zander, a native of Stockholm, has lived in Syria, Israel, and the United States. He earned a Ph. D. in Law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and has worked as a lawyer for the European Union in Brussels and Helsinki. Zander now makes his home in southern Sweden with his wife and two children. The Swimmer is his first novel.

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What’s Wrong with the Economy – and with Economics?

Saturday, March 14, 10:45 am – 4:30 pm & Sunday, March 15, 10 am – 4 pm
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This two-day forum asks whether there now exist structural blockages within economics on both sides of the Atlantic, which are preventing the achievement of strong, sustained economic growth, in addition to whether the discipline itself is in need of renewal in the face of this history.

Participants include Grete Brochmann; David Colander; Jefferson Cowie; Paul Dugid; Gerald Epstein; Katherine Fleming; Benjamin Friedman; Jacob Hacker; Simon Head; Paul Krugman; Jeff Madrick; Edmund Phelps; Martha Poon; Itamar Rabinovich; Richard Sennett; Robert Silvers; Robert Skidelsky; Jeremy Waldron; and Shoshana Zuboff.

Organized by The New York Review of Books Foundation and co-sponsored by the Fritt Ord Foundation and The Dan David Prize.

Greta Garbo: The Unknown Story – Lecture by Lena EinhornGreta Garbo: The Unknown Story
Lecture by Lena Einhorn

Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 pm

"I thought I 'knew' Greta Garbo."  This is how Swedish author and filmmaker Lena Einhorn begins the epilogue of her novel Blekinge Street 32/Blekingegatan 32 (Nordstedts, 2013). In a companion lecture to the novel, Einhorn examines a brief and relatively unknown period in Greta Garbo's young life.

Since Einhorn had already made a Swedish television documentary about Garbo, she had reason to spend many hours with learning about this inaccessible and mostly unhappy woman who was once the world's greatest movie star – a movie star who hailed from the poorest district of Stockholm, rose to be the most famous Hollywood actress over almost two decades, and retired at age 36, with the famous words: "I want to be left alone."

Einhorn thought she knew Garbo, until she read the 33 letters that Garbo sent to fellow actress Mimi Pollak, beginning when the two young women were students in Stockholm, and continuing long after the end of Garbo's career. Pollak was said to have kept these letters in her purse through her entire life. Suddenly a completely different Greta Garbo emerged: a woman who had once had other choices in life and who already felt she had achieved her dreams and happiness, when a world-famous film director – Mauritz Stiller – came forward and explained to her that she could go further than that, much, much further.

Lena EinhornAbout Lena Einhorn

Lena Einhorn is an author, filmmaker, and director. Her book Nina's Journey/Ninas resa received the prestigious August Prize (2005); the film adaptation of the same name was awarded two Guldbagge for Best Film and Best Manuscript (2006).

Her film Stateless, Arrogant, and Lunatic/Handelsresande i liv (1998) won the Prix Europa (1999) and was nominated for an Emmy (1998). Einhorn's documentary From the Shadows of the Past/Ur det förflutnas dunkel(2000) was awarded the Le Prix Aventure et Découverte medal in 2002. Siri (Nordstedts, 2011) is her first literary novel.

In 2014, Blekinge Street 32 was awarded the Garbo Prize.


Special thanks to the Consulate General of Sweden, New York.

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A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz – Why Remember the Holocaust & How?
Conversation with Göran Rosenberg & H.E. Jan Eliasson

Monday, April 20, 6 pm

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz – Why Remember the Holocaust & How? – Conversation with Göran Rosenberg & H.E. Jan EliassonJournalist Göran Rosenberg discusses his shattering memoir about his father's attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden. Rosenberg is joined by H.E. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, as Eliasson speaks to the need of remembering the Holocaust and what we must learn from it to ensure that the expression "never again" is not just empty words.

Eliasson will also touch upon the U.N.'s efforts on genocide prevention and the need for early action on mass atrocities, including The Human Rights up Front (HRuF) initiative to improve U.N. action to safeguard human rights around the world.

A brief Q & A follows the program and copies of Rosenberg's book will be available for purchase and signing.

About the book

On August 2, 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having endured the ghetto of Łódz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival.

In this intelligent and deeply moving book, Göran Rosenberg returns to his own childhood to tell the story of his father: walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him. It is also the story of the chasm between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz (Bonniers, 2012) is Rosenberg's most recent book and has been translated into several languages. In 2012 the memoir won the prestigious August Prize.

About Göran Rosenberg

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz – Why Remember the Holocaust & How? – Conversation with Göran Rosenberg & H.E. Jan EliassonGöran Rosenberg is one of Sweden's best-known journalists and authors. He was born in Sördertälje as the son of David and Hala Rosenberg from Łódz in Poland, who arrived in Sweden after having survived concentration camps during World War II.

From 1966-68 Rosenberg studied at the University of Stockholm and obtained a B.A. in Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Journalism. He received an honorary Ph. D from the University of Gothenburg in 2000.

Rosenberg is the award-winning author of many non-fiction books, essays, and articles that have been translated into several languages and widely published in, among others, Neue Zürcher ZeitungSüddeutsche Zeitung, Lettre InternationaleDaedalusNew Perspectives QuarterlyThe New York Times, and Eurozine.

About Jan Eliasson

Jan EliassonH.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. He graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1962 and earned a Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1965.

From 2007 to 2008, Eliasson served as the Special Envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General for Darfur. Prior to this, he served as President of the 60th session of the U.N. General Assembly and as Sweden's Ambassador to the U.S. from September 2000 until July 2005. In March 2006, Eliasson was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden and served in this capacity until the elections in the fall of 2006.

Eliasson served, from 1994 to 2000, as Sweden's State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, a key position in formulating and implementing Swedish foreign policy. He was Sweden's Ambassador to the U.N. from 1988 to 1992, and also served as the Secretary-General's Personal Representative for Iran/Iraq.

The first U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Eliasson was also involved in operations in Africa and the Balkans. He took initiatives on landmines, conflict prevention, and humanitarian action. From 1980 to 1986, he was part of the U.N. mediation missions in the war between Iran and Iraq, headed by former Prime Minister Olof Palme. In 1993 to 1994, he served as mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson also served as Chair of Water Aid/Sweden and a member of the U.N. Secretary-General's Advocacy Group of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Special thanks to the Consulate General of Sweden, New York.

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