Welcome to the website of ASTRA, the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America. ASTRA was founded at the first ASTRA luncheon in Seattle, WA, on Friday April 23, 2010 during the 99th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), with the intention to register the organization as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Former Swedish Information Service Director Marna Feldt reported on the history of academic meetings between the Swedish Teachers and Researcher in North America. Additional founding members were invited to join ASTRA during the remainder of the SASS 2010 conference.
ASTRA is a non-profit organization for researchers and teachers involved in Swedish language, linguistics, literature, culture, and area studies. ASTRA promotes the study of Swedish, Sweden, and other Swedish speaking contexts at all levels, and works to facilitate cooperation between scholars engaged in these fields.
Photo from the foundational luncheon in April 2010:
Back row: Charles Peterson, Christopher Oscarson, Peter Leonard
Middle row: Tara Chace, Allison Spenader, Merete Leonhardt-Lupa, Cissi Ovesdotter Alm, Laura Wideburg, Lotta Gavel Adams, Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Linda Rugg, Ursula Lindqvist, Ia Dubois, Rose-Marie Oster
Front row: Shelley Wright, Marna Feldt, Katja Shaye, Robert Greer