Library Programs

On Scandinavian Social Democracy – Community Book Discussion – HumanitiesNy Grant

Program Details

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  • Upcoming Dates:
    • Tuesday, February 14th, 2023
    • Tuesday, March 14th, 2023
    • Tuesday, April 11th, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

HumanitiesNY has awarded the library a grant to discuss a series of books on Social Democracy in Scandinavia! 

During the Cold War, and even today, the social democratic systems of Scandinavia offered a middle path between free market capitalism and state run communist systems. Their approach has led not only to robust economies but als to world-leading levels of individual happiness. Though support for the approach is not universal, it is an approach that merits greater attention that it has typically garnered here in the United Staes. This four book series aims to look at the broad historical background of this region to examine the various aspects of social democracy and to assess its successes and shortcomings.

The discussions will be led by Steve Rome.

The program is open to anyone and the library has copies of the books.

The series will use four books that have been well-reviewed critically.
All meetings will be at the library and start at 7:00

January 10th
Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North by Robert Ferguson, offers an eye opening and layed look at the history and culture of the region
February 14th
The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen, a Finnish American journalist, offers an overview of the Social Democratic approach.
March 14th
How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen looks at why these countries have such consistently high happiness ratings.
April 11th
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth takes a contrary view that life in Scandinavia is mythologized by the left.

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