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Lestrarfélagið Gleym-mér-ei and the love of sentences on long winter nights

Photo courtesy of Linda Sigurdson Collette

 

Winnipeg’s Icelandic reading society, Lestrarfélagið Gleym-mér-ei (LGME), has been a pillar in the life of the city’s Icelandic community since 1996. It gathers in the Icelandic Reading Room of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba on a monthly basis (save for December) during the academic year. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. (except May, when the group meets half an hour earlier) and refreshments are provided by volunteers. Participants are asked to contribute $3 at each meeting and the funds raised are given to the Icelandic Collection to purchase new books for the library.

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Sunna Furstenau delights the crowd in Reykjavík

Photo: Kristján Sævald

 

Sunna Furstenau, the president of the Icelandic National League of North America, impressed those gathered for the Icelandic National League of Iceland meeting in Reykjavík on August 28th when she addressed the meeting in Icelandic, offering a brief but moving speech about the importance of the strong ties that continue to bind the Icelandic communities across the sea and time. Sunna’s delivery was forceful and clear, delighting her audience. Lögberg-Heimskringla is happy to publish her remarks in both Icelandic and English translation.
 

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Johnson collaborates with Chomsky

Photo courtesy of Kevin Jon Johnson

Author: Kevin Jon Johnson, Osaka, Japan

Noam Chomsky Visualization on the Limits of Knowledge in Science is the title of a 29-minute YouTube video made by Kevin Johnson. Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now 87 years old, gave permission for this collaboration on Canada Day – July 1, 2016.
Religion and science today are often viewed as two competing and mutually exclusive frames of human understanding. Immanuel Kant noted that if God and eternity did appear clearly before our eyes in this life, in all of their awesome majesty, then indeed all would be believers, but as mere puppets, by compulsion. That neither God nor eternity are clearly knowable to us in this life permits each of us the freedom to accept God and the good life by choice, in faith, so we should be thankful also for what we cannot know. Such ignorance is bliss.

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