Sweden in May 2000!
an adventure in culture, art, and literature

W11: A Calvin College Interim for students and alumni

Join CAS Professors Debra L. Freeberg and Helen Sterk on a journey to explore Swedish character through art, history, culture, and literature. This three week course will allow students to see Sweden in the light of May rather than the dark of January and take full advantage of the beauty of the Swedish landscape in the spring. (Students: Do not take a January interim if you plan to go on this May interim -- or you will be charged additional tuition costs!)


This three week off-campus interim will acquaint students and alumni with Sweden’s cultural life, including everyday domestic life, visual arts, theater and music. Students will read and experience Sweden as described by authors Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf, Vilhem Moberg, and August Strindberg among others. The work and homes of visual artists, including Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn will be studied and visited. Through guided readings, lectures and tours, participants will discover Sweden, past and present. From May 22-26 students will meet on campus with Drs. Freeberg and Sterk to study Sweden’s history and culture. On May 27, the class will leave for Stockholm. Led by Drs. Freeberg and Sterk, students and alumni will spend one week traveling across Sweden and one week in Stockholm, visiting open air and art museums, galleries, castles, theaters and cathedrals. Two evenings of either theater, opera or the symphony are planned. Moreover, students will enjoy discussions led by prominent Swedish artists and scholars. Students will be graded pass/fail based on an oral presentation on an author or artist, assigned readings, and a journal of trip.

SWEDEN ITINERARY (as of June 15, 1999)
revised itinerary and application forms

27 May (Saturday)

Grand Rapids, Detroit, Amsterdam

28 May (Sunday)

Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Malmö, Lund

Drive/ferry to Malmö on to Lund. Tour Lund.

29 May (Monday)

Lund, Roshult, Vaxjö (lunch), Kosta, Vaxjö

Roshult is the childhood home of Carl von Linnae. The Kosta Boda glass factory shop features a museum and shop. Vaxjö Emigrant Institute highlights the Swedish immigration to the US.

30 May (Tuesday)

Vaxjö, Varnhem, Skara, Husaby, Lunnsbron

Lunch in Jönköping, and then a scenic drive via Falköping to Varnhem Cloister, a medieval ruin and church and burial ground for early Swedish Kings. Then on to historic Skara and Husaby Church. Sweden's first Christian king was baptized in Husaby grotto.

31 May, Wednesday

Lunnsborn, Söder Röda Gamla Kyrkan (outside of Gullspang), Rottneros, Sunne (lunch), Mårbacka, Mora

Söder Röda Gamla Kyrkan is one of the oldest churches in Sweden and one of four than has authentic medieval wall paintings. Rottneros is a famous garden and sculpture park. Mårbacka is Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf's childhood home.

1 June (Thursday)

Mora, Nusnäs, Tällberg, Rättvik

Anders Zorn's home and museum is in Mora, Nusnäs has the Dalarna horse factory, Tällberg has an example of an old Dalarna farm property high on a hill. In Rättvik is Dalhallas outdoor concert site. We will see a concert there in the evening, if possible.

2 June (June)

Rättvik, Sundborn, Falun (lunch), Uppsala

Sundborn is where Carl & Karin Larsson's celebrated home is located. Uppsala has the University, Viking burial mounds and Linnae's gardens.

3 June (Saturday)

Uppsala, Sigtuna, Stockholm

Sigtuna is the one of the oldest cities in Sweden and is a former capital. Gamla Stan in Stockholm is the Old Town center. Walk through cobblestone streets past houses built in the 15th and 16th centuries!

4 June (Sunday)


Church at either Jakob Krykan (12 p.m. Lutheran service) or Immanuel Kyrkan (11 a.m. Swedish Covenant service) Both services are conducted in English. Stadshuset (The City Hall) where the Nobel prize banquet is held annually each year. See the Gold Hall, the Blue Hall. Where many Stockholm couples get married.

5 June (Monday)


The Vasa Museum. The Vasa sank in Stockholm harbor in 1628 on her maiden voyage. See this magnificent ship is restored and housed in one of the most amazing museums you'll ever see! Skansen (the outdoor cultural museum) is a national treasure. Preserving centuries of culture and history Skansen includes historical buildings, gardens, a zoo and restaurants over looking the city.

6 June (Tuesday)


National Museum. Modern Museum. Part of our day will be spent touring the National Museum, housing over 6500 works of art, including extensive Swedish, 17th century Dutch and 18th &19th century French collections. The Modern Museum is in its new award winning building on the island Skeppsholm. (It even has a Calder!)

7 June (Wednesday)


Drottningholm Castle & Theatre. The Royal Residence for the King and Queen of Sweden on the water; sometimes dubbed a miniature Swedish Versailles. The Chinese Pavilion is on Sweden's seven wonders of the world list. The Drottningholm Court Theatre is the oldest functioning theatre of its kind in the world. A rare privilege to see an original wing and drop theatre of its kind.

8 June (Thursday)


Strindberg Museum. August Strindberg is considered Sweden's national playwright. The Blue Tower was Strindberg's last residence. Now a Museum, archive and lecture and performance site, the museum staff will provide us with a glimpse into this genius' life and work. A Stockholm walking tour follows.

9 June (Friday)


Gripsholm Castle & Theatre. Gustav Vasa laid the foundation for the castle in 1537. Since 1822 it has housed the Swedish State Portrait Collection. A pristine18th century neoclassical theatre also graces remarkable castle.

10 June (Saturday)

Stockholm/Amsterdam/Detroit/Grand Rapids



Total cost for the interim is $2800 (based on an 8 kronor= 1 US dollar exchange rate)

All meals, accommodations, entry fees, and ground transportation are covered. We will be staying in clean, efficient hotels, not luxurious but each room will have a private bath. Continental breakfast is provided throughout our trip but lunch is on your own. Dinner will be in our hotels while we tour the countryside; participants will be on their own in Stockholm. Each student and alumni will be given kroner to cover food costs: $10 for lunch, $20 for dinner. While in Stockholm participants will receive a Stockholm travel card, good for subway & bus transportation in the city as well as entrance to most museums and tourist sites.

Students can obtain interim financial aide up to $500 (depending on their Calvin aide package). If a student is not in residence during January, there may also be a housing reduction of up to $300 as well. Check with the financial aide office for details.

Stockholm is a clean, safe city and most residents speak excellent English. (Dr. Freeberg has visited Sweden nine times, the last for a ten month sabbatical in 1997-1998. She speaks the language!) A reading list will be available in February 1999 for those wishing to get a head start. Please note that walking is the norm in Stockholm -- lots of walking. Students and alumni need to be able to walk several miles a day for the second week of the trip.

Pick an application form at the CAS Office in the Fine Arts Building. A $400 deposit is required by October 15, 1999. .

QUESTIONS? Contact us!

Dr. Debra L. Freeberg

616-957-7011 (freede@calvin.edu)

Dr. Helen Sterk

616-957-6322 (hsterk@calvin.edu)

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The Swedish Institute, The Swedish Information Service, The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, Stockholm's Museums, The Swedish-American Heritage Society of Western Michigan, CultureNet Sweden (Theatres), Astrid Lindgren (fan site), Libris (the union catalogue of Swedish libraries), Swedish Culture, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Scandinavian Bookmarks, Strindberg's Unoffical Web page

This interim is sponsored by the Communication Arts and Sciences Department of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan