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Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE scholarship recipients

Photo: Alicyn Goodman  

Each year, the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE presents several scholarships to deserving students pursuing post-secondary education. Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year were presented last October 17th at the chapter’s annual scholarship event. Natalie Denesovych, who was then president of the Jon Sigurdsson Chapter, offered opening remarks and the featured speaker was Laurel Anderson McCallum. Alicyn Goodman presented the scholarships on behalf of the chapter.
In addition to the speeches and scholarship presentations, the evening was punctuated by three musical presentations: Erin Thorleifson performed Wie Melodien ziehtes mir by Johannes Brahms; Artur Kivilaht performed The Days of Wine and Roses by Henry Mancini; and Rebecca Paulding, accompanied by Nicola Davies, performed Animal Passion and Joy Alone from the set Natural Selection by Jake Heggie.
For information about Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE Scholarships and applications, please contact: Alicyn Goodman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Iceland’s presidential race narrows after dramatic twists and turns

Photo: Stefan Jonasson Author: Stefan Jonasson

Three candidates appear to have emerged as the primary contenders in the upcoming election to choose a new President of Iceland: Andri Snær Magnason, 42, an environmentalist, author, and playwright; Davíð Oddsson, 68, editor of Morgunblaðið and former prime minister; and Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, 47, a historian and professor at the University of Iceland. Although some candidates have been jockeying for position for six months now, the formal campaign period is only five weeks long and, barring unforeseen circumstances during the remaining three and a half weeks, the final outcome will be determined by the shifting fortunes of these three contenders.
No fewer than two dozen individuals have been the objects of presidential speculation. Two popular prospects declined to run, nine announced candidates have withdrawn from the race, one acknowledged that his candidacy was actually a conceptual art piece, and a dozen potential candidates were still seeking to collect the 1,500 signatures necessary to register their candidacies before the nomination deadline. It’s been entertaining, albeit confusing.
The presidential election will take place on June 25 and the winner, who will be elected by a plurality of votes in a single round of voting, will take office on August 1. Only one president, Kristján Eldjárn, who served from 1968 until 1980, has been elected to their first term of office with a majority of the votes cast. The country’s first president, Sveinn Björnsson, was appointed by a vote of Alþingi and the remaining three presidents were first elected with pluralities of the vote ranging from 34 percent in a four-way race to 48 percent in a three-way race. Presidents have generally been re-elected by acclamation or by large majorities. Eleven of the country’s 20 presidential elections to date have been uncontested. The largest field of candidates occurred in 2012, when six names were on the ballot.


Inspired by Björk, Portland photographer focuses on Iceland

Photo: Portland Press Herald - Maine Today Author: Bob Keyes, Maine Today

Like a lot of people who live and work in Portland, Justin Levesque watches the container ships that come in and out of Portland Harbor.
Many of us take the ships for granted, barely thinking twice about them unless they tie up bridge traffic. Levesque’s curiosity isn’t fleeting. He wonders what life is like for the crews who work on the ships – where they’re from, what they do when they’re in Portland and what’s inside all those containers anyway?
He got a few of those answers after receiving permission from Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company with headquarters in Portland, to spend time on a container ship and get to know the people who work on the waterfront. He traveled with an Eimskip crew from Portland to Iceland in the fall and documented his experience in photos and with a podcast that originated aboard the ship.
“I’m interested in making work at the intersection of art and commerce,” Levesque said. “Who are these people, and how do they find their life here? It’s all about the human beings on board and making visible an invisible transportation system. This project is about making it tangible.”
Eimskip is present on the waterfront with large container ships coming in and out of the port. Simultaneously, the city and state are pursuing bigger business relationships with Iceland and Arctic countries.


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