Community Enrichment Programs
The FAHC offers a whirlwind of activities including enrichment classes, guest lectures, and the Nordic Film Series, as well as other special events. See what we have coming up below!
Spring 2013 Community Enrichment Classes Start January 14
Beginning Finnish, Tuesdays beginning January 15, 5:15-6:15 pm, instructed by Jonathan Kilpelä. Cost: $50.
Intermediate Finnish, Mondays beginning January 14, 5:15-6:15 pm, instructed by Anna Leppänen. Cost: $50.
Advanced Finnish, Tuesdays beginning January 15, 6:30-7:30 pm, instructed by Hannu Leppänen. Cost: $50.
The Ilon Kaiku Kantele Ensemble will also meet Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm beginning January 7. Contact Kay Seppala at 523-6271 for more information.
Nordic Film Series
Thursday, January 10: Iris. (Finland, 2011. 121 minutes. Swedish with English subtitles). A young girl leaves her decadent life in Stockholm for a summer with her mother's peasant family on Åland.
Thursday, February 14: Kuulustelu. (The Interrogation, Finland, 2009. 103 minutes. Finnish with English subtitles). When American-born Kerttu Nuorteva is found in Finland during the Continuation War with Soviet radio equipment, her cover as a spy is blown.
Thursday, March 14: Havukka-Ahon Ajattelija. (Backwoods Philosopher, Finland, 2010. Finnish with English subtitles). Two biology researchers hire a local to guide them in the bush and are paired with a surprising guide.
Thursday, April 11: Prinsessa. (Finland, 2010. Finnish with English Subtitles). A patient at a mental hospital charms doctors and patients alike with her carefree princess persona.
All Nordic Films are shown at 2 pm and 6 pm and are free and open to the public.
Thursday, January 24, 6 pm. Heikki Lunta: The Copper Country's Own Finnish American Snow God. Lecture by Hilary Virtanen (PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Finnish American Heritage Center Public Programming Coordinator). Join Hilary as she tells of the life and times of Heikki Lunta, the Finnish American Snow God. Created in 1970 in a song advertising a snowmobile race, Heikki Lunta rapidly became a fixture in regional folklife. With a body of songs, multiple festivals, and in-group communications about the Snow God now in existence, Heikki Lunta means many things to many people. Hilary will explore how regional history, Finnish ethnicity and UP interethnicity, and the development of the tourism industry have all contributed to Heikki Lunta and why he holds such a place of begrudging honor in Copper Country folklife. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 27, 6 pm. The History of Suomi College/Finlandia University. Lecture by Karen Johnson (Director of Communications, Finlandia University). Join Johnson on a fascinating exploration of the history of America's only remaining institution of higher education founded by Finnish immigrants. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 28, 2 pm and 6 pm. Sibelius and Finland's Awakening. Finlandia Foundation Lecturer of the Year Glenda Goss (Professor, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki). More details to be announced! Free and open to the public.
All enrichment activities take place at the Finnish American Heritage Center on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock. To register or for more information, contact FAHC Programming Coordinator Hilary Virtanen at 487-7505.