Nordic Spirit Symposium

Nordic Spirit Symposium will be held February 7–8, 2020

A unique lecture/performance program presented by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and California Lutheran University, made possible through a generous grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation with additional support from the Norway House Foundation

Magic, Creatures and Legends
A Journey into Nordic Folklore

February 7-8, 2020


  • Riders on the Storm; Riders at the Door: The Nordic Legends of the Wild Ride
    Prof. Terry Gunnell of the University of Iceland
  • The Priest and the Devil in the Nordic Countries
    Prof. Terry Gunnell of the University of Iceland
  • How to Find and Identify Supernatural Creatures: Notes from Work with the Danish Troll Security Agency
    Prof. Timothy Tangherlini of the UCLA Scandinavian Section
  • Essential and Optional Magic in Finnish Daily Life: The Logic of Spells and Incantations in the Era before Magic Denial
    Prof. Thomas DuBois, Halls-Bascom Professor of Scandinavian Studies and Folklore of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ann-Marita Garsed, Scandinavian folk singer and storyteller from the Los Angeles area

For information contact Howard Rockstad at (805) 497-3717 or

The organizers reserve the right to make any changes that may be necessary.