Gjerset Lecture a success

An audience of students, faculty, and community members filled Olin 102 for the resumption of the Knut Gjerset Lecture upon the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. Dr. Anna Peterson presented the first lecture, titled "How to Write a Constitution in 5 Weeks: The Fateful Events of Spring 1814." The audience particularly enjoyed her comments on the amount of alcoholic drinks provided to the authors of the constitution. Even more remarkable was the inclusion of Norwegians from a wide array of backgrounds, including many farmers, in the constitutional convention. Dr. Peterson's talk was followed by Dr. Øyvind Gulliksen's presentation: "My Country 'Tis of Thee: The American Centennial Celebration of the Norwegian Constitution, Minneapolis-St. Paul, May 17th 1914," which included an interesting discussion of the ways that the Norwegian immigrants included thoughts about their Americanism alongside their celebration of Norwegian heritage.