Dr. Nils Hasselmo received the Swedish Council of America’s Great Swedish Heritage Award on April 21, 2007, at the SCA’s 35th Anniversary gala dinner held at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota. Dr. Hasselmo was presented with the award in recognition of his long and active career in academia.
Nils Hasselmo first came to the United States in 1956 when he received a scholarship to study at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. In 1961 he completed his Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard. At the University of Minnesota he served as chair of the department of Scandinavian Languages and Literature for 18 years, and later served as the University’s president from 1989-1997. He also held positions at the University of Arizona. Most recently he was president of the Association of American Universities.
A naturalized U.S. citizen, Dr. Hasselmo has stayed close to his Swedish roots. He has visited Sweden almost every year since 1958, to see family and to do research, teach, and lecture at Swedish universities. He served as chair of the Swedish Council of America from 1998–2000. Dr. Hasselmo has also published numerous books and articles focused on the study of bilingualism and language.
Pictured from left to right are Robert A. Peterson, SCA Board Member, Urban Lundberg, SCA Awards and Recognition Committee Chairman, Dr. Nils Hasselmo, and Glen Brolander, SCA Director Emeritus.
Dr. Hasselmo with Bruce Larson, SCA Chairman, and Elise Peters, SCA Executive Director.
2007 – Nils Hasselmo