Professor Henry Wasser and the Henry Wasser Travel Grant for Ph.D. and MA Students in NAAS

  • Orm Øverland


Thanks to the generosity of Solidelle Fortier Wasser and her son Professor Frederick Wasser NAAS now has a travel grant named for their husband and father, Professor Henry Wasser, for the participation of PhD and MA students in our national and Nordic conferences. Although dearly remembered by Norwegian Americanists of my generation, Henry Wasser may need an introduction to my younger colleagues in NAAS. The following is a brief outline of his participation in and contribution to American Studies in Norway in the early 1960s as well as a note on the continued involvement of the Wasser family in American Studies in the Nordic countries.

Author Biography

Orm Øverland
Orm Øverland is a professor emeritus who earned his Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University in 1969. Øverland was professor at the University of Bergen until his retirement in 2005. He was elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 1994. Among his many books are The Western Home (1996; American Studies Network Prize, 1997) and Immigrant Minds, American Identities (2000). He has published articles on Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Upton Sinclair, “whiteness”, and many other topics. He can be reached at: