Beck lecture series

The Beck lecture series at the University of Victoria focuses on various aspects of Icelandic literature and culture. The first "Richard and Margaret Beck Lecture on Icelandic Literature" took place on February 14, 1988. Since then, the University of Victoria has hosted over 80 lectures on a wide range of topics. You can find information about the past lectures in the Archive and other interesting information related to the Margaret Beck Fund under the tabs below.

In the Fall term of 2018 academic year, we will host Dr. Guðrún Björk Guðsteinsdóttir, Professor of English Literature in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at the University of Iceland. She is the coordinator of a graduate program on Literature, Culture and Media run jointly by English and French Studies, and of Inter-American Studies, offered by English, Spanish and French Studies. Her main research interests involve Icelandic Canadian literature, cultural politics – multicultural literature, narratology, cross-cultural mediation and adaptation of literature (including translation and teaching as well as story-telling through audial and visual media).

She will teach a credit course GMST 369 Topics in Scandinavian Studies: Legacy of Icelandic Folklore

CRN 11865 M, Th 1:00 - 2:20 pm, Room CLE A316

If you are a community member interested in taking the GMST 369: Special Topics in Scandinavian Studies please read the instructions.

In addition, Birna will give three public lectures:

  • Weird Visitations

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Clearihue Bldg, Room A212.

  • Giants and Trolls

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Clearihue Bldg, Room A212.

  • "Huldufolk" – Elves, Faeries

Sunday, November 25, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Clearihue Bldg, Room A212.

Everyone is welcome.

The Endowment

Richard and Margaret Beck made provision in their wills for a special fund to be established at the University of Victoria to provide public lectures on Icelandic language and literature. Richard passed away on July 23, 1980, and Margaret on December 10, 1985.


Dr. Helga Thorson, University of Victoria (current)
Dr. John Tucker, University of Victoria (emeritus)
Dr. W. D. Valgardson, University of Victoria (emeritus)


Ms. Irina Gavrilova, University of Victoria

Comments & Questions

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