Retired Member Of Norway’s Parliament, Odd Einar Dørum, To Visit UND March 7-9

Mr. Odd Einar Dørum, a retired Member of Parliament (Storting) from Oslo, Norway will visit the University of North Dakota campus March 7-9, 2017 to lecture and meet with campus leaders and students who are active with educational exchanges in Norway. He last visited the UND campus in September 2009 while he was concluding his 16th year in the Storting.

Dørum will have a public lecture on Thursday, March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Idea Lab of the UND Center for Innovation.  The title of his lecture is “Norway, NATO, and Trump.”  He will talk about the importance of NATO to Norway and Europe as well as the potential changes with the election of President Donald Trump and agressiveness of President Vladimir Putin. 

The lecture is sponsored by Integrated Studies, the American College of Norway, Norwegian Langugages and Nordic Initiative. It is free and open to the public. 

MP Odd Einar Dørum is one of the most respected and qualified politicians in Norway.  He is known to be a very serious person who does not take himself seriously because he is so well grounded, has his ego in check and developed a well-honed sense of humor.

He was first elected a Member of Parliament from Trondheim for the party Venstre (the Liberal Party), the oldest political party in Norway, positioned slightly to the right of the center of Norwegian politics. Although not the largest party in the Parliament, MP Dørum has a high personal standing in Norwegian politics having serious dialog on issues with other parties. He was elected three terms in Parliament from the Oslo district.

Dørum was Minister of Transportation and Communications from 1997 to 1999, then Minister of Justice until 2000. He was again Minister of Justice in the second government of Kjell Magne Bondevik from 2001 to 2005. He completed his fourth four-year term as an elected member of the Norwegian Parliament in 2009.  He did not seek re-election in the Sept 14, 2009 election in Norway, but remains active with issues and politics.

Dørum remains a great advocate for the American College of Norway (ACN) in the Norwegian Parliament and has been a champion for educational exchanges between Norway and the United States.  ACN will be celebrating their 25thyear in 2017 both in Norway and on our campus.

While at UND, Dørum will visit with Integrated Studies, Nordic Initiative, Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA), the Center for Innovation,  and several key leaders in charge of educational exchanges in Norway.   Mr. Dørum will be accompanied by Krista Lauritzen, President of the American College of Norway in Moss.

Before becoming an experienced Minister of Justice, Dørum had a run-in with the law in his youth. He participated in a non-violent civil disobedience protest in Mardøla, Norway in 1970.  He was among those protesting against the government turning several waterfalls into electrical powerplants.  He protested with other prominent protestors like Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss who coined the term deep ecology. This protest marked the first time civil disobedience was used to protect the environment in Norway.

In addition to a generally broad involvement in current Norwegian politics Dørum has been a strong supporter of innovation and small business.

Dørum is educated social worker with a Masters Degree in Social Science from the University of Trondheim. He has also been professor in social science with the College of Social Work at Trondheim.

He is married to Randi Øverland and they have 2 children. Dørum now lives in Oslo. He is known for involvement outside the politics, strengthening the position for NGOs is one of his interests.