Monthly Archives: October 2011

Challenges and Solutions in Health Care Financing in Sweden and the U.S. will be discussed at seminar in Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 24th

“FINANCING Tomorrow’s Heath Care. Challenges and Solutions” is the topic of a health care seminar with the G?ran H?glund, Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs and Harry McPherson, former Special Counsel to President Lyndon Johnson. Cristian Baeza, Director for Health, Nutrition, and Population at the World Bank will be the discussant.

THE FINANCING of the U.S. health care system is a major challenge, which the debate about “Obama Care” shows, and it may be an important issue in next year’s presidential election.

SWEDEN HAS chosen a different model of health care, and the financing works differently. However, both systems face challenges – demographic change being one — and demands new ideas. The seminar will cover challenges and solutions based on experiences from both countries.

TIME and location: Monday, Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., The Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. To participate RSVP to sns.washington@gmail.com before Oct. 22.

The seminar is sponsored by SNS Washington. SNS, The Center for Business and Policy Studies, which is a Swedish politically independent nonprofit organization that conducts research, meetings and publishing in order to contribute to decision-makers in politics, government and industry making informed decisions based on science and factual analysis.

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Sweden’s Minister of Health and Social Affairs G?ran H?glund and Prince Daniel of Sweden will participate in a Health Care Seminar at House of Sweden

A SEMINAR on “Providers Partnering with Patients” will be held at the House of Sweden (www.swedenabroad.com) in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 25, starting at 9 a.m.

SWEDEN’S Minister of Health and Social Affairs G?ran H?glund and Prince Daniel of Sweden will participate in the program, which will focus on how health care providers and patients can work together to prevent illness and promote health.

THE SEMINAR is arranged by the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to G?ran H?glund, Sweden’s Minister of Health and Social Affairs, the speakers will include: Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. David Meyers, Director, AHRQ’s Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; Dr. Lars-Erik Holm, Director General, Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare; Dr. Virginia Moyer, Chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; Dr. Anders Tegnell, National Board of Health and Welfare; Dr. Lars Weinehall, Professor at Ume?University, Sweden; and a High level representative from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Michael McGinnis, Senior Scholar and Executive Director, Institute of Medicine will be the moderator.

THE SEMINAR IS part of the Embassy of Sweden 2011 program “Fabric of Life.” It will address a variety of topics, including disease prevention, leading a healthy lifestyle and the role of health care providers. Participants will also discuss new initiatives and strategies in both Sweden and the U.S. It will last from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and a light breakfast will be served. To register: rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se.

Art at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington will be the focus at SACU Luncheon

“SWEDISH ART at the Residence of The Swedish Ambassador in Washington, D.C.” is the title of the SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) lunch program with speaker Karin Alexis, Ph.D. on Thursday, October 20.

THE RESIDENCE of the Swedish ambassador in Washington houses an impressive collection of Swedish art, including works by such well-known artists as Johan Sergel, Elias Martin, Alfred Wahlberg, Anshelm Schultzberg, Bruno Liljefors, Prince Eugen and Carl Milles.

ART HISTORIAN Karin Alexis will talk about works in the collection, emphasizing the careers of the artists who created them and placing them within the context of Swedish art history.

KARIN ALEXIS is an art and architectural historian, with a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She teaches and coordinates programs on art and architecture at the Smithsonian, and served as the coordinator of its History of Western Art Certificate Program from 1989-2011.

THE SACU luncheon will be held at 12 noon and concludes by 2 p.m. at Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. Cost is $25.00 for members and $29.00 for non-members. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage. For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Green Line is located nearby. For reservations contact ekcarl@msn.com by Tuesday, October 18th.

Exhibition ‘Pictorial Choreography’ with artist Clyde Fowler opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Artist Clyde Fowler shows his art at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.Artist Clyde Fowler shows his art at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

THE OPENING reception for the exhibition “Pictorial Choreography” by North Carolina based artist Clyde Fowler was held at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, Oct. 6.

FOWLER describes his paintings as pictorial choreography, and approaches his work in a manner similar to a choreographer, filling them with orchestrated sensations and intuitive notations while giving consideration to movement, rhythm, space and form. Although Fowler’s imagery can reference personal experience and a range of artistic influence, especially the staged tableaux of theatrical director and designer Robert Wilson, he begins with no preconceived message or set direction. Instead he allows the paintings to develop according to the added strokes, shapes and colors while constantly revising aesthetic decisions during that process. Mr. Fowler also teaches at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Eric Schattl, Jason Gottlieb, Scott Wells, Mary Margaret Porterfield and artist Clyde FowlerEric Schattl, Jason Gottlieb, Scott Wells, Mary Margaret Porterfield and artist Clyde Fowler

THE SHOW RUNS through Nov. 6. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, tel. 202-232-4788. For more information: www.longviewgallerydc.com.  

Jessica N. BellJessica N. Bell

Artist Tina Palmer and Tony CordArtist Tina Palmer and Tony Cord

Siobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery and Michael DozlerSiobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery and Michael Dozler

SWEA Washington, DC celebrates its 30th anniversary with Crayfish party

Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, and Catrin B?kstr?m, mother of Washington Capitals star and Swede Nicklas B?kstr?m.Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, and Catrin B?kstr?m, mother of Washington Capitals star and Swede Nicklas B?kstr?m.

THE WASHINGTON Chapter of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Foundation, www.swea.org) was founded 30 years ago in 1981. At the time, the name of the organization was SVEA, which later changed when the chapter became part of the worldwide Swedish organization. To celebrate their anniversary, SWEA Washington, D.C., arranged a traditional Swedish crayfish party at the House of Sweden on the Potomac riverfront front in Georgetown on Friday evening, Sept. 30.

Ingrid Beach and Bob DyerIngrid Beach and Bob Dyer

THE EVENING offered – in addition to the crayfish – a welcome drink at Anna Lindh hall, a buffet of Swedish delicacies and dessert, music performed by The Tonics Band – all accompanied and washed down with toasts with aquavit and traditional “Kr?tskiva” drinking songs.

Therese Lind? President of SACC-USA; Ulrika Williamson; and Cecilia Browning, chair of SWEA Washington, DC.Therese Lind? President of SACC-USA; Ulrika Williamson; and Cecilia Browning, chair of SWEA Washington, DC.

SPEECHES WITH toasts were given by the SWEA Washington chair Cecilia Browning and Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, and guests could also enjoyed a slide show of SWEA pictures from years gone by.

Evalena Raymer, Kate Stanley, Martina Lash and Ann-Sofie CoxEvalena Raymer, Kate Stanley, Martina Lash and Ann-Sofie Cox

Lotta and Aaron KramerLotta and Aaron Kramer

Tina Gr?bb and Ulrika SvennekeTina Gr?bb and Ulrika Svenneke

Ther?e Settervall and Emmy Melander, both of the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce USA, Inc.Ther?e Settervall and Emmy Melander, both of the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce USA, Inc.

Marie Huddle and Melissa CresseyMarie Huddle and Melissa Cressey

The Tonics Band performed during the evening.The Tonics Band performed during the evening.

The dessert - Cupcakes with the Swedish flag.The dessert - Cupcakes with the Swedish flag.The dessert – Cupcakes with the Swedish flag.

Jessica Fuller of The Tonics Band and Evalena RaymerJessica Fuller of The Tonics Band and Evalena Raymer

The founders of SVEA 30 years ago were also gathered on the scene. The founders of SVEA 30 years ago were also gathered on the scene.

The buffetThe buffet

SWEA Washington, DC celebrated its 30th anniversary with Crayfish party

‘ArtCode’ – artworks by Mexican artist Edurne Esponda opens at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Mexican artist Edurne Esponda and gallery owner Susan Calloway of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown in front of one of the artist's work.Mexican artist Edurne Esponda and gallery owner Susan Calloway of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown in front of one of the artist’s work.

“ARTCODE” – a show with artworks by Mexican artist Edurne Esponda - opened on Friday evening, Sept. 30 at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.

BORN IN Oaxaca, Mexico, Edurne Esponda has traveled the world, both as an artist and a fashion designer. Her mother, an art dealer, who represents established Latin American artists such as Rodolfo Morales, Francisco Toledo, Rufino Tomayo and Sergio Hernandez, introduced her daughter to the world of art.

Artwork by Edurne EspondaArtwork by Edurne Esponda

AFTER FINISHING Instituto Arte y T?nica del Vestir in Barcelona, Spain in 1992, she worked in the world of fashion until 2003, when she started to paint full time.

ESPONDA’S love for non-traditional media and experimentation with canvas size and media has led her to develop post-modern works of art, which blur the lines between visual arts and disciplines such as clothing design and gastronomy. She uses a vivid color palette, which evokes the atmosphere of her childhood home in Oaxaca.

EDURNE Esponda has had several exhibitions in Mexico as well as in Spain. She lives and works in Mexico City.

ARTCODE is on display at Susan Calloway Fine Arts from September 30 through October 29, 2011. The gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-965-4601, www.callowayart.com.

Artist Edurne EspondaArtist Edurne Esponda