Celebrate Founders' Day

Copenhagen Founders’ Day Celebration

May 10 - 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Denmark, Købmagergade 62, 1150, København, Copenhagen

For 170 years, the UW has changed lives around the world. Be a part of this exciting Founders’ Day celebration. When Badgers connect, great things happen!

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a special presentation:

The Many Roots of a Wave: How to Begin the History of the Modern Danish Women’s Movement?

Pernille Ipsen — associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History at UW–Madison

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The program will begin at 16:30. At 19:00, after the event, we will move locations to the student house (“Studenterhuset”) just down the street from CIEE, where we will have the opportunity to mingle and chat with each other over drinks (at your own cost).

Narratives of the modern Danish women’s movement typically begin with eleven women demonstrating restricting gender norms on a walking street in Copenhagen on April 8, 1970. In this talk, Ipsen will critically assess this origin-narrative and argue that we misunderstand the movement if we imply that it began at any specific moment or with any one group of people. More specifically, drawing on her own personal history — her seven mothers and the feminist commune she was born into in 1972 — she will show that the Danish women’s movement had roots in many different places.

Pernille Ipsen is an associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She specializes in histories of gender and race in the larger Scandinavian world. Her first book, Daughters of the Trade (2015), is a history of interracial marriage in the Danish Atlantic slave trade on the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), 1700–1850. Currently, she is writing a memoir of the feminist commune she lived in as a young child in Copenhagen. Her presentation will draw from this second book project.

Advance registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. We will accept cash at the door.

Registration is coming soon.

The venue is located across from Kultorvet.

The address of the student house is:
Købmagergade 52,
1150 Copenhagen


  • 200 DKK per person
  • 100 DKK for 2009–18 grads
  • Free for current UW–Madison students

If you have questions regarding directions, accessibility, or other event details, contact Molly Occhino ’15 at denmark@uwalumni.com or +45 91927395.

Organized by WAA: Denmark Chapter.

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