Americans living in Sweden are finding it difficult to explain what is happening in their country. The nature of cultural difference means that there will always be a need for a conversation to explain one another, but today many Americans find it difficult to explain their country at all no matter which side of the political divide they stand on. Swedes at the same time find it hard to comprehend the events in America and what they mean, particularly for the strong nexus that has existed between Swedish and American culture. At the same time Sweden also faces a time of rapid change in which profound questions of identity and value dominate the daily debates.
This autumn, the American Club of Sweden will be offering a space for a genuine conversation about these issues. It is a conversation intended to focus on values and the human element. How have the developments affected each of us, and how do we move forward together from here?
The conversation will be moderated and focus on different topics each time. The first topic will be: Personal Interactions: How have the changes affected your relationships and ways of communicating with others?
Topics for later conversations will be announced and be guided by the results of the first gathering. Two conversations are planned so far, but further conversations could be planned, depending on the outcome. The conversation will observe our Club values of friendship, inclusiveness and diversity, and intercultural awareness.
Gary Baker, former President and Honorary Member, The American Club of Sweden, current Vice Chair of AmCham
Julie Lindahl, President, The American Club of Sweden & Author
WHERE: Hilton Slussen
WHEN: 16.30-17.30, prior to the Third Thursday Mingle on December 21st
REGISTRATION: Drop-in, but please try to come on time. Members only. If you are not a member but would like to participate, please contact us at the e-mail address below.