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April 6, 2022

2022 Campus Read Writing Contest winners to be named at community event April 19

Finlandia University Campus Read and Helsinki Slang present: A Common Place: Remembering, Imagining, Healing

Finlandia’s Campus Read and Helsinki Slang communities invite all to attend A Common Place: Remembering, Imagining, Healing on Tuesday, April 19. The free event will start at 4 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Matthew where the winners of the 2022 Campus Read Writing Contest will be announced. For anyone interested in sharing their work, an open mic will be provided.

“This is a great opportunity for people [...]

Campus Read Artwork
February 15, 2022

2022 Campus Read Writing Contest now open, deadline March 11

In conjunction with our Campus Read author and text (Joy Harjo, An American Sunrise), we offer the 2022 Campus Read Writing Contest.

Joy Harjo is the incumbent Poet Laureate of the United States. A member of the Muscogee Nation, Harjo’s work often recalls the legacy of forced removal, and the “Trail of Tears” which saw her people driven from the Southeast U.S. to Oklahoma. In keeping with this topic, the theme of the Writing Contest is “displacement,” broadly understood. Works [...]

March 10, 2021

Dr. Dekker gives insight into upcoming “Organizing with Dr. King” open classroom seminar

As part of the Spring 2021 Campus Read Anti-Racist Open Classroom Series, Assistant Professor of English Dr. Carolyn Dekker will be opening up her African American Literature class to the public. The topic of Dr. Dekker’s class will focus on “Organizing with Dr. King“. Students have been reading excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book, Why We Can’t Wait. They looked at “Bull Connor’s Birmingham,” “A New Day in Birmingham,” and the famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

“The format [...]

January 28, 2021

Dr. Virtanen dives into upcoming open class on ‘Racism and White Nationalism in Finland Today’

Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen will present the second lecture in the Spring 2021 Anti-Racist Open Classroom Series on Tuesday, February 2 at 4:10 pm. She will be discussing “Racism and White Nationalism in Finland Today” as part of her regularly scheduled History and Culture of Finland course. The event is free and open to the public. Please register here. In anticipation of the event, Dr. Virtanen provided some insight into what participants can expect and why it’s an important [...]

January 18, 2021

Kendi’s “Stamped From the Beginning” selected as Campus Read, Anti-Racist Open Classroom Series Announced

The Campus Read Committee is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Anti-Racist Open Classroom Series, which will complement the selected Campus Read book, Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi.

“We chose Stamped from the Beginning and Stamped as the Campus Read books for this year because Ibram X. Kendi’s work as a historian of racist ideas and antiracism can help provide such a powerful tool with which to think about history and about America’s present moment,” [...]

The Lion's Den
March 27, 2020

Introducing The Lion’s Den Initiative for Student Athletes

On this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays head women’s soccer coach and academic coordinator for athletics, Grace Sokolow caught up with host Anastazia Hartman to talk about a new comprehensive initiative called the Lion’s Den for student-athletes. The main mission of the Lion’s Den is to educate and support Finlandia University student-athletes beyond the classroom, field, court, and ice.

“We have identified a need in our student-athlete population for more comprehensive academic support,” said Sokolow. “So we have created [...]

Test Optional
October 1, 2019

Climate Change Writing Contest

The Campus Read committee invites submissions of essays, fiction and poetry (500 words or less) that consider how your life, landscape and community are affected by the climate crisis, or that imagines how we can meet its challenges.

The winning entry will be announced October 22 at the Campus Read event with Katya Gordon and published in the Daily Mining Gazette.

Email entries to dana.pakulski@finandia.edu by October 20 to be considered.

September 24, 2019

Campus Read 2019 Tackles Climate Change with Author Katya Gordon

Katya Gordon of Sea Change Expeditions will be the featured author for the 2019 Finlandia University Campus Read.

“The committee was intrigued by Katya Gordon’s local approach to climate activism and the similarity of her Two Harbors community on the Minnesota shoreline of Lake Superior to ours,”  Assistant Professor of English Dr. Carolyn Dekker said. “We hope her visit can help energize campus and local conversations and actions around climate change and sustainability.” 

Gordon will be [...]

Campus Read
September 20, 2016

Campus Read 2016-17 spotlights racial justice

Classes across campus this week are reading  Danez Smith’s work in advance of Smith’s visit to campus on September 30.  Smith was selected as the Campus Read author for 2016-17 because their poetry speaks so powerfully of the need for racial and social justice.

In a list poem called “Alternate Names for Black Boys,” Smith supplies “guilty until proven dead” and “monster until proven ghost” as possible alternate names. Students readily catch the echo of the American [...]