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Intellectual Extracurriculars

Feeling the need for extra intellectual stimulation? Just want to find more interesting (and often free!) things to do? You might sample from some of the many free lectures and events around the University. Maybe you’ll even make a friend or two…



Hungry for more knowledge? Photo by Stand Hiestand


Try a lecture at the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development

The Bergen Resource Centre for International Development is a joint project organized by the University of Bergen and the Chr. Michelsen Institute. Their lectures are free and open to anyone.

On Wednesday 4 February, Dr Samuel Okware gave an open lecture, Ebola: Early action – Early winner. Dr. Okware provided an engaging examination of several Ugandan Ebola outbreaks, and how Uganda’s Ministry of Health developed a successful technique to respond to Ebola despite a lack of resources. Dr. Okware coordinated the national response against Ebola. He is a medical doctor with 30 years experience as a public health specialist in the Ministry of Health of Uganda. He recently presented experiences from these Ugandan epidemics in a doctoral thesis at UiB.



Photo by Stand Hiestand

Coming soon from Bergen Resource Centre: Andrea Castagnola, Argentinean political scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, discusses the current political scandal in Argentina.
09.02.2015 12:15 – 13:30

Ready to check out some more upcoming Bergen Resource Centre events? Take a look at their facebook page.


Litteraturhuset offers presentations, readings and events as well as housing a cafe/restaurant and a bookstore. In the past, it has hosted the Norsk Sakprosafestival (Norwegian Nonfiction Festival), webpage in Norwegian, as well as Holberg Prize laureate, Julia Kristeva.


litteraturhuset 2

A couple free events are coming up at Litteraturhuset, a documentary on the Sami as well as a  discussion on Palestinian children in Israeli prisonsCheck out their program here for upcoming events. Their webpage doesn’t indicate when events are in English, although when speakers are from non-Nordic countries it may be likely that they are. You can also try contacting Litteraturhuset directly to ask for the language in which a given event will be presented. When events aren’t free they often have a student discount or are low cost.



Trying to learn Norwegian? Maybe attending what appears to be a family friendly reading will help?). Google translates it as, and I don’t think I could say it better, as “Porridge, juice and reading to the people!”

07.02.2015 11:00 – 15:00, 30 nok per person

UiB On Campus

Don’t forget that there are lots of lectures and events free and on campus. Explore the Campus calendar to find events that intrigue you.


Photo by Stand Hiestand

Photo by Stand Hiestand

Here’s just a couple of the upcoming on campus offers:

The evolution of Human Diversity – a lecture by Marta Mirazón Lahr discussing the evolution of modern humans and their diversity, their origins in Africa, and their spread beyond Africa.
12.02.2015 16.00-17.30

Stayed tuned for a guest lecture from Aloisia Moser, a visiting scholar in Philosophy at UC Berkeley who holds a PhD from the New School for Social Research in New York. Her guest lecture’s title and abstract will be be announced later.
05.03.2015 14.15-16.00

Nicholas D. Smith, Professor of Humanities, Lewis & Clark College, USA, is visiting the Department of Philosophy in Bergen in March and will give a guest lecture, Socrates on the Human Condition.
16.03.2015 14.15-16.00



Do you have more suggestions for where to find intellectual stimulation? I want to know where you go – comment below!

4 comments for “Intellectual Extracurriculars

  1. Diana Rodriguez
    10. February 2015 at 10:04

    I am trying to learn Norwegian and would like to study online. If you have any electronic resources, please, let me know how can I access them.



    • khi005
      10. February 2015 at 13:49

      That’s certainly a great question, Diana.

      While unfortunately my studies are preventing me from learning Norwegian at this time, I have heard that there are online resources. You might try Folkeuniversitetet for example, but an online search is sure to yield several options. Or, you might try contacting the department that handles UiB’s Norwegian language instruction to see if they have any suggestions at or If anyone has other good suggestions for Diana, please feel free to comment!

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