Friday, October 28, 2011
Overall, I think the presentations in class over the past week have helped give me a more nuanced perspective of Scandinavia. Frequently, many of the positives and negatives about Scandinavia are glossed over and generalizations are made that limit Americans knowledge about the region. The presentations emphasized the diversity of the peoples and cultures throughout Scandinavia. I thought many of the presentations showcased the economic and environmental innovations that are found throughout Scandinavia well. Additionally, the cultural and historical background provided by the presentations was helpful and put some of the group presentations earlier in the year in context. I liked that many people focused on specific countries, highlighting the many unique aspects of all the Scandinavian cultures.