2016 HON-101 Lab Adventures: Experiencing Iceland in Maine

During the Fall 2016 Semester, USM Honors Freshmen who enrolled in the HON-101 Icelandic Sagas and Skalds class and the associated lab experienced Icelandic (and the greater North Atlantic) culture right here in Maine. As part of the lab activities, students enjoyed Icelandic style cuisine, learned about the International Marine Terminal, met local artist and USM graduate Justin Levesque, and met some friendly Icelandic horses. Here are some of those stories:
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Today is Icelandic Language Day!

Góðan dag!

Since 1996, Icelandic Language Day has been celebrated on November 16th – the birthday of Icelandic poet, Jónas Hallgrímsson.

Did you know? The Icelandic language does not import foreign words, but instead refers to the new concept with a combination of existing words. For example, a light-bulb is ljósapera, or “light pear”. The Icelandic word for computer is tölva which is a hybrid of two words: tala and völva, which literally translates to “number witch”. Here are a few more charming examples:

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Honors Study Abroad: Iceland, June 2017 – Sneak Peek

Greetings, Honors Freshmen!

The Honors Program here at USM is offering a unique study abroad experience for summer 2017. As the recipient of two unique funding sources, we are excited to share that we are able to offer a full travel scholarship to rising Sophomores who are interested in enrolling in our summer study abroad course. Here are some details to get you started: Continue reading “Honors Study Abroad: Iceland, June 2017 – Sneak Peek”

On Campus: North Atlantic Public Events

Please join the University of Southern Maine in celebrating Maine’s relationship with the North Atlantic. All events are free and open to the public.

Parking will be available for free in the parking garage on USM’s Portland campus.

Don’t Miss These Exhibits! September 6-October 31 in Abromson Center and Glickman Family Library

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RESCHEDULED: Study Abroad Info Sessions

This event has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. We will update this post with  future scheduling details shortly.

Hey! Are you interested in learning more about Iceland? Want to add study abroad to your resume? Join us during an info session to learn more about our new North Atlantic study abroad opportunities available for USM Honors Freshman and how you can get involved!
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