"Over the years since I attended the Seminar in 1956 and 1957, I have had an
active interest in Scandinavia and that had a profound effect on the President
and the Ambassadorial Appointments Committee when my name was proposed as United
States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway. Without the years at the Seminar,
I would never have been considered for this important position. And the knowledge
of the language and of the society were two things that helped the Ambassadorial
Appointments Committee choose me. Who you know is never a substitute for knowledge.
I can truly say that the Seminar changed my life."
Louis A. Lerner
U.S. Ambassador to Norway from 1977-80
"How did studying arts and crafts in Sweden prepare me for my work as a public
interest lawyer and lobbyist? During my Seminar year, I saw the social and political
problems of my own country from the outside, and through the eyes of my Swedish
friends. It gave me a fresh perspective on issues I had always just accepted.
It was also an enlightening experience to be immersed in the culture of a country
that deals with these problems in a very different way. This experience was one
of the factors which led me to become a public interest lawyer – and a lobbyist
for a cause and issues I believe in."
Attorney at Law
"In my present work I deal directly with not only high net worth, but also well-traveled
individuals. Having overseas travel experience of my own has been invaluable in
understanding the needs and desires expressed by many clients. I can think of
no better way than an experience such as what the Scandinavian Seminar program
offers for an individual, young or old, to begin to learn about themselves, American
values and another culture."
First Officer at Comerica Bank
"My year with Scandinavian Seminar influenced both my artwork and my architecture.
It also instilled a travel bug in me that has led me to live in North Africa,
Korea, Vietnam, Italy and England."
"The Seminar made the world accessible to me for the first time. Because of my
Seminar participation, the world has become smaller; I can make the transition
from culture to culture more easily."
Health Facility Consultant
"The Seminar gave me a chance to look at people and life and to talk. It was
an exhilarating and exciting year and a priceless opportunity. I saw in Denmark
how humanely a medical system can function."