Swedish and Somali-American Dialogue this Saturday


by Hussein Samatar | April 15, 2009 • I’m writing to invite you to an event that links two communities that have more in common with each other than you might think. The Swedish and Somali American Dialogue this Saturday, April 18, 2009 will explore such questions as: What does it mean to be an American?, How can I be both Swedish and American and both Somali and American?

What: Swedish and Somali-American Dialogue
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time: Begins at 2p.m.
Where:American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

The event will at the American Swedish Institute with music and food typical of Somalia and Sweden. We will then begin the dialogue with Benny Carlson, Professor of Economic History at the University of Lund, Sweden, and the American Swedish Institute’s 2008 Cornelia Malmberg Fellow, and representatives of the Somali-American and the Swedish-American communities.

This unique event is co-sponsored by the African Development Center and the American Swedish Institute. Space is limited, so to reserve your place, please RSVP: Abdirashid Said at 612-333-4772 or Email to : Abdirashid Said

P.S. Please tune in to Minnesota Public Radio this Wednesday April 15, 2009 at 11 a.m. to hear me talking about economic development in the Somali-Minnesotan community. I’ll join host Gary Eichten for what should be a lively and informative discussion.


African Development Center Executive Director Hussein Samatar