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Lecture on U.S. Election Coverage in Sweden Swedish American studies scholar Dr. Dag Blanck will give a presentation entitled “Familiarity, Fascination, and Fear: How the U.S. Elections are Seen and Discussed in Sweden” on October 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Click for more info.

2016 Ander Lecture Will take place on October 22 at 7 pm on the campus of Augustana College. Dr. Adam Kaul will talk about tourism and clean energy and how that have impacted the small Swedish-American village Bishop Hill.

Exhibit: Swedes in American Politics The exhibit on display in the Swenson Center's reading room is "Swedes in American Politics: The John Ericsson Republican League." On display through December 16th. Can't visit? Click to check out the virtual exhibit.

New Library Books The Swenson Center is actively adding new books to our library. Check this page to see some of the new titles. To see all of our library holdings, search the catalog (above) and look for "Swenson Center" in the location of your search results.

Swedish American Immigration History A brief history of the Swedish mass migration to North America written by Swenson Center Director Dr. Dag Blanck.

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Support The Swenson Center is a nonprofit organization that depends entirely on donations from generous people like you. Consider becoming a member today!


Location The Swenson Center is located in Denkmann Memorial Hall on Augustana College's campus in Rock Island, IL.


Hours Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:30pm. Please make an appointment. During the summer, the Center will close at 12:00pm on Fridays