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Kari Dorer, Director
Kari is an Assistant Professor of Norwegian at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. While Kari lived in Austin, she helped organize their Scandinavian Film Fest and wanted to get the Twin Cities to join in on the fun. Growing up in the Twin Cities native, Kari was an active Norwegian choir, Danish folk dancer and Skogfjorden villager from the age of 5. As an adult, she was determined to find a way to give back to the community that fostered her interest in Norway. Kari has co-authored the curriculum Sett i gang and currently teaches courses in Norwegian, Nordic Film, the Sami people, and Linguisitcs.

Karin Krull, Assistant Director
Karin is the Adult Programs Coordinator at The American Swedish Institute - basically, she plans events, activities and classes for adults. Daughter to both a Swedish mother and an American (Minnesota-born) father, she grew up bilingual and with a strong interest in the Nordic culture. Karin majored Scandinavian Studies (and German) at the University of WI - Madison and has both attended and taught at the Concordia Language Villages' Swedish village, Sjölunden. She is excited to be a part of the board for the Nordic Lights Film Festival - Twin Cities, and looks forward to another fantastic year!

Krista Schweppe, Fundraising Chair
Krista is the Program Administrator for Mindekirken’s Norwegian Language and Culture Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here she coordinates learning experiences related to traditional and contemporary Norwegian life, language, and society for a variety of learners. Although Krista’s interest in Norwegian was kindled while spending a year at a folkehøgskole, her connections to norsk and Norge have been nurtured during the thirteen summers she spent at Skogfjorden, Concordia Language Villages’ Norwegian village. Krista received her BA in Culture and Society from the University of Oslo and her MA ESL at Hamline University. Beyond her roles in the Norwegian-American community, Krista is an English as a Second Language teacher who has the privilege of working with immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities area.

Katie Lauer, Communications Chair
Katie is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College with a degree in Studio Art and Media Studies, and is now right back at the college as a full time employee. She works as the Strategic Initiatives Fellow in the Piper Center for Vocation and Career -- meaning she manages all marketing, print/digital design, photography, social media, and communications for the Center. While she has not been largely rooted in Nordic culture, Katie has found a deep appreciation and intrigue for the culture since beginning her first year at the Norwegian college of St. Olaf.

2014 Sponsors Include

Finlandia Foundation
Finlandia Foundation National is the most important private source of support for Finnish and Finnish-American culture in the U.S.

American Swedish Institute


Norwegian American Weekly


Albertsson Hansen Architecture

Borton Overseas

Consulate General of Sweden

Danish American Center


Gustavus Adolphus College

Luther College

Mindekirken Norwegian Language & Culture Program

Moods of Norway

Custom Woven Interiors

Finlandia Foundation
Finlandia Foundation-Twin Cities

Gamle Ode

UiO International Summer School

Laurie Jacobi Original Designs in Wool


Northern Lavvu

Norway Connects

Norway House

Norwegian Glee Club

Polarn O. Pyret


Sámi Siida of North America

St. Olaf College

SWEA - Swedish Women's Educational Association International, Inc.

Trillium Tours

University of Minnesota Press

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Thank you!