Category: bergen, Norway

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Why we shouldn’t be a democratic socialist nation

Last week, at a concert in Detroit, MI, Garth Brooks wore a Barry Sanders jersey. Sanders, of course, was the Detroit Lions’ running back from 1989-1998. Brooks shared a photo of him wearing the Sanders jersey, and some, however, did not make the connection, thinking that the picture showed Brooks supporting Bernie Sanders. One person responded, “Nothing like supporting a communist to loss [sic] … Read More Why we shouldn’t be a democratic socialist nation

“Is this what my tax money is going to?”: Complicating the Trump Administration’s Fascination with Norway

Before I left Norway last June, Brianne Jaquette and I worked on a piece that looked at the administration’s numerous references to Norway over the past few years. Just this past week, Mike Pompeo stated, “We just want Iran to behave more like a normal country, to be like Norway.” In this piece, Brianne and I argue that using Norway is a referent is much more … Read More “Is this what my tax money is going to?”: Complicating the Trump Administration’s Fascination with Norway

What’s Next? Norwegian Hip Hop

In my previous post, I wrote about the Norway and Slavery research group that I started with a couple of colleagues at the University of Bergen. Today, I want to dig a little more into what I plan to do with my work on Norwegian hip hop, specifically Karpe’s work. Over the past few months, I have written multiple posts on artists such as … Read More What’s Next? Norwegian Hip Hop

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What’s Next?: Norway and Slavery

In my last post, I wrote about some of my reflections from this last year in Norway. Today, I want to take a moment and look at what’s next, specifically in regard to things that I want to continue researching and exploring as I return to the United States. Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but it consists of various items that arose … Read More What’s Next?: Norway and Slavery

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Some Reflections on This Past Year in Norway

Today marks the day that we travel back to the United States. This past year has been an amazing experience on so many levels, not just for myself but for my family as well. I know that it will take some time for the events of this past year to truly sink in, a process that will involve re-acclimating ourselves to life back in … Read More Some Reflections on This Past Year in Norway

Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to visit countless museums in Norway, Poland, France, and Austria. Today, I want to take a moment and share with you some of my favorite pieces from right here in Bergen, Norway. The KODE museums have a large collection of artworks from various ages, but the ones that stuck out to me are from the … Read More Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

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“Unhoming” and Lucy Knisley’s “An Age of License”

Last December, I had the opportunity to head over to Oslo to speak with Videregående skole (VGS) teachers about the use of comics and graphic novels in the classroom. I spoke about texts such as G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel, Jeff Lemire’s The Underwater Welder, and more. In preparation for the talk, I started reading more texts and came across Lucy … Read More “Unhoming” and Lucy Knisley’s “An Age of License”

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Teaching in Norway: Part II

On Tuesday, I started discussing pedagogy in Norway and the ways I had to adjust to a different classroom and educational environment. There, I wrote about face-to-face time and composition within the classroom. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at writing for master’s students and at assessment. In each of these cases, I think there are things that are beneficial for … Read More Teaching in Norway: Part II

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Teaching in Norway: Part I

It’s hard to believe that my time in Norway is almost over. This year has taught me so much, and I don’t think I’ll realize everything until I get back to the US and start to reflect more on my time here. However, there are some things that have stuck out, specifically in regard to university pedagogy. So, for this post, I want to … Read More Teaching in Norway: Part I

Identity and Nationality in Pumba’s «Hvor jeg kommer fra»

When I started digging into Norwegian hip hop, I came across Pumba pretty quickly and the video for his song «Hvor jeg kommer fra» (“Where I come from”). Released in 2008, «Hvor jeg kommer fra» came seven years after the racist murder of Benjamin Hermansen, a Ghanian-Norwegian fifteen year-old, in Holmlia in Oslo. Pumba (Richard Edward Bravo) was born in Norway and is of … Read More Identity and Nationality in Pumba’s «Hvor jeg kommer fra»

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Why does history matter?

Visiting one of the museums here in Bergen, I walked through the rooms of Edvard Munch’s work, stopping in front of Ungdom (Youth). Ungdom is a large portrait of a boy with a multicolored background behind him that looks, in many ways, like waves. As I started at the portrait, I walked closer and peered at the background near the boy’s right arm and … Read More Why does history matter?

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What to Expect in 2019!

Welcome back! As you know, I started Interminable Rambling way back in August 2015. That means that this year will mark the fourth anniversary of this site. I started this site over at Blogspot where I wrote 81 posts before migrating over to WordPress. Since that August 2015, both sites have received 99,269 views. This past year alone, the WordPress site received 40,854 views. … Read More What to Expect in 2019!