The SWEA summer dinner 2019 was hosted by the Stockholm chapter on the 9th of June at Hotel Clarion Sign, Norra Bantorget.
It takes a lot of time to plan and organize such a big event, not only dinner, also workshops, presentation of this year’s scholarship receivers and excursions were on the agenda.
The SWEA Literature scholarship was this year given to Maria Hansson-de Laage de Meux. Maria is a post graduate at the Sorbonne University in Paris, UFR d’Études Germanique et Nordiques. She received the scholarship for her thesis “Supernormal element in Swedish, female 1880s literature as funds for social criticism”.
Maria talked long about her thesis and expressed her gratitude for receiving SWEA International’s scholarship. She was accompanied to Stockholm by her husband and kids. The entire family dined with over 200 SWEOR.
The Sigrid Paskell Scholarship within “Swedish Performing Arts” (Instrumental music) went to the young musician David Thorell. Daniel is a very promising musician and he really knows how to play his cello. He started at a young age with piano, but is now concentrating on cello. He spoiled us by performing 2 pieces for cello, which was very appreciated among us all.
The 3rd scholarship for “Studies in Intercultural Relations”, went to Somita Sabet, a guest researcher in Turkey at the KOC University Research Center for Migration in Istanbul. Through, a so called, ” Observational sketching method” and with deep interviews, this study refers to understand how young Afghani migrants experiencing their situation and their integrations process. Somitas research has a big influence and relevance for an intercultural dialogue. Somita attended the dinner with her sister.
Last, but not least, SWEA had chosen the young student, Greta Thunberg, to become “Swedish woman of the year 2019”. Greta, a 16 year old student, received this award for her engagement as a climate and environmentalist. Greta started a school-strike outside the Swedish Parliament house in 2018 and this led to her participation in the UN’s climate meeting in Katowice and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
SWEA International, as a global organization, will through this award pay attention to Greta for her brave engagement in the environmental issue internationally. Greta was not attending and couldn’t receive her award in personally, as she has began her sailing trip to the US.
During the 3 courses dinner, we heard several speeches, Stockholm’s president Agneta Melin, SWEA International’s president Christina Hallmert and Agneta Nilsson, founder of SWEA, talked to us.
The chapter New Jersey, performed with a fun play which explained SWEOR’S world, the moving around the world.
SWEA also received a congratulation telegram from His Majesty, King Carl the XV1 Gustav.
SWEA Stockholm had also organized a visit to the newly renovated National Museum and a visit followed by lunch at Rosendals Trädgård etc.
A big THANK YOU to Stockholm chapter for hosting all of us during 3 days.
A tribute to Stockholm;
“Of cities I know in the world you are the city that has got it all,
Through Mälarens love to the sea, a mixture of sweet and salt”
“Av städer jag känner i världen, är du den stad som fått allt.
Genom Mälarens kärlek till havet, en blandning av sött och salt.
(Lyrics by popular Lasse Berghagen).
Next coming SWEA event and the grand final of SWEA 40 years, will take place in Dubai in November.
If you are Swedish, or a woman who understands and speaks Swedish, join SWEA if you don’t already are a member of this worldwide organization, just because you are worth it and we have so much fun.