The Danish Ambassador to the United States Lars Gert Lose is joining the University of Richmond community Nov. 15 for a candle-lit walk through campus featuring pop-up stations celebrating Danish culture. The walk concludes with a Danish dinner in the Heilman Dining Center, featuring authentic recipes that were developed with input from exchange students from Denmark.

UR is embracing Danish culture this week in celebration of International Education Week and incorporating “hygge,” the Danish concept of taking genuine pleasure in the ordinary throughout campus. The theme for this campus-wide initiative grew from the university’s long-standing relationship with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and the Copenhagen Business School.

The Danish culture and innovation stations will provide various experiences, some of which are hands-on activities. Area residents are welcome to participate and bring their families. Many of the events are kid-friendly 

Some of the highlights include:

  • A talk with the Danish Ambassador at 4:15 p.m. in the International Center about sustainable living in Denmark.
  • A Lego station featuring a 4 to 5 foot spider will be outside the Commons, as well as buckets of Legos for guests to create something of their own.
  • Boatwright Memorial Library representatives will present Hans Christian Andersen books and illustrations along with a game for families.
  • University Catering will hand out apple cake made from the recipe of a Danish exchange student.
  • A Christmas station will showcase a vocal quartet singing Danish carols and folk songs. Exchange students will decorate a tree with Danish ornaments.

The walk concludes at the Heilman Dining Center with a dinner featuring authentic Danish recipes, which is open to the public. See the dining hall website for special dinner rates 

Follow UR on Twitter and Instagram @urichmond and engage with the Danish initiative by using #URGoesDanish.

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