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Community Enrichment Programs

The Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) at Finlandia University offers a whirlwind of activities including enrichment classes, guest lectures, exhibits and the Nordic Film Series, as well as other special events.

See what we have coming up below. We also invite you to “Like” Finnish American Heritage Center on Facebook to be among the first time find out about updates.


Language Classes

Finnish 1 Language Class

When: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning February 2, 2016

Description: Finnish 1 is designed for people with little or no background in the Finnish language. The class meets for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings at 5:30. The instructor for this course is Dr. Hilary Virtanen, who has roots in Toivola and is now leading Finlandia University's Finnish Studies Program. Virtanen has taught in the FAHC's enrichment program for several semesters now, and always tailors her classes based on the interests and skill levels of the students.

Finnish II Language Class

When: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., beginning February 2, 2016

Description: Finnish II is a class intended for folks with some Finnish language skill, will meet on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. Highway Location native Randy Karpinen will be the instructor for the class. Karpinen is a retired U.S. Department of Defense employee who is proficient in not only Finnish, but also Russian and German.

Swedish Language Class

When: Mondays at 6 p.m., beginning February 1, 2016

Description: A former Fulbright scholar who spent a year in Sweden will share his Swedish language skills through a Finnish American Heritage Center community enrichment class. Sam Knapp, an Iron River, Wisconsin native, will offer Swedish language instruction on Mondays at 6 p.m.. The class will meet for 10 weeks, with each session lasting about an hour.


Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you with questions about our events or ideas for other future events.

James Kurtti
Director, Finnish American Heritage Center
Editor, Finnish American Reporter

Office: Finnish American Heritage Center
Phone: 906-487-7302
E-mail: james.kurtti@finlandia.edu
David Maki
Assistant Editor, Finnish American Reporter
Office: Finnish American Heritage Center
Phone: 906-487-7549
E-mail: dave.maki@finlandia.edu
Joanna Chopp
Archivist, Finnish American Historical Archive and Museum
Office: Finnish American Heritage Center, Lower Level
Phone: 906-487-7347
E-mail: joanna.chopp@finlandia.edu