Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:05 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:05 a.m. Lecture. Denmark’s “golden age” of art and culture flourished during the first half of the 19th century. Among the most notable examples of this period of exceptional creativity were the works of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1975), remembered in particular for his fairy tales. In addition to painters, composers, and other writers, the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) had a profound effect with his prolific writings that merged devotional literature, fiction, philosophy, psychology, and theology. 11:45 a.m. Lecture. Are titles such as “The Bridge,” “The Killing,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and the name Henning Mankell familiar to you? These are connected to the genre known as Nordic Noir featuring anti-heroes and “femi-krimi” — crime novels by female writers from a female point of view focusing on female protagonists. Since the 1990s, a number of authors have gained success with works in peculiar, dark, Scandinavian settings.
12:15 p.m. Break. 12:25 p.m. Virtual field trip. Danish architecture and Danish design are well known. We will hear about architect Bjarke Ingels and his innovative approaches to architecture and urban planning. We’ll “visit’ CopenHill, a combined incineration plant, ski slope, and meeting place for the local community. We will also learn about Danish design and desire of Danes to combine functionality and simplicity. 1:10 p.m. Lecture. When the Danish gourmet restaurant Noma with its chef Rene Redzepi was named “Best Restaurant in the World” in 2010 by a leading restaurant magazine, it marked the beginning of a culinary movement known as New Nordic. On this journey, fresh local ingredients — whether picked from fields and woods, grown in gardens, or brought fresh from the sea — became the key elements in the new Nordic kitchen. Since then many, restaurants and gastro projects have emerged, from grassroots to traditional to [artsy?], transforming how food is produced and consumed We’ll then take a quick look at Tivoli Gardens, the world’s oldest amusement park. 1:35 p.m. Q&A, wrap-up and farewells. 2:05 p.m. This conclude our program.