Richard and Margaret Beck made provision in their wills for a special fund to be established at the University of Victoria to provide public lectures on Icelandic literature and culture. Richard passed away on July 23, 1980, and Margaret on December 10, 1985. The first “Richard and Margaret Beck Lecture on Icelandic Literature” took place on February 14, 1988.
This link: Beck Trust takes you to the University of Victoria site for more information on upcoming lectures, catalogues of guest lecturers, the UVIC Beck Collection and an archive of past events.
2017 Topics in Scandinavian Studies: Visiting professor Dr. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Professor of Second Language Studies and Associate-Dean of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Iceland
Registration Required: September through December 2017, Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:20 pm, starts Thursday September 14th. See attached pdf document for options available to community members who are interested in registering for this credit course. “From the Sagas to Sigur Rós: An Introduction to Icelandic Language and Culture,” which includes explicit beginning language instruction as well an exploration of Icelandic history and culture.
Open to the Public:
“North American Icelandic: The Only Variety of Icelandic Spoken outside of Iceland” September 24, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202
“Teaching Icelandic Online: Free and Open Language Courses” October 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202
“English in Iceland: A Microcosm of Communities Affected by the Spread of English” November 19, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202