Registration is now open for The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, the first course offered by the Fellowship’s University Without Walls, part of the Aging Well: Expanding Horizons program. The class will meet via Zoom from 2 to 3 pm on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning May 4.
Course Description: Why are Scandinavians happier, healthier, and more secure than Americans, despite living in what’s often described as a “socialist icebox?” How do Nordic entrepreneurs thrive in a system that mixes high-tech capitalism with extensive welfare benefits? We’ll explore answers to these and other questions from the perspective of Anu Partanen, a Finnish journalist who moved to New York City with her American husband, before moving back to Helsinki after the couple became parents. We’ll use her book The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life (Harper Collins, 2016) as background reading for our comparison of the way Finns and Americans experience marriage, childrearing, work and education, medical care, and social life. In the process, we’ll discover what the US could learn from Finland and the Scandinavian countries and what obstacles might exist to incorporating these lessons into life in the U.S. [Mike and Eleanor Stoller, Co-Facilitators]
Used copies of Partanen’s book are available for under $10 (including shipping) from both Amazon and Alibris.
To register, click this link: https://uufws.org/virtual1-AW:EH-nordic-theory