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RASMUS BJØRN ANDERSEN was born on a farm in the town of Albion in Dane County, Wisconsin in 1846 and grew up on the Koshkonong Prairie. He became the first professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin in 1875, thereby establishing the UW Department of Scandinavian Studies as the oldest in the nation. He served in this position until 1883, when he was appointed as minister to Denmark by President Grover Cleveland. When he returned from Europe, he took over as editor for Amerika, a Norwegian-American newspaper, which he ran for twenty-four years.
Susan Brantly is a professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has held a position since 1987. She is an accomplished author and in 2003, Professor Brantly was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She received the U.W. System Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. She served as president of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study from 2007 to 2009 and she is currently the editor of the journal Scandinavian Studies.