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September 16, 2016

Heritage Center to offer Finnish classes

In the coming year, Finland will celebrate its centennial, and what better way to celebrate with them than to speak the language of our forefathers? That’s why Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) is offering a pair of Finnish classes to provide folks with an opportunity to learn the basics of the language, or to brush up on their existing skills.

Beginning Tuesday, September 27 at 6 p.m., Finnish American Reporter intern Johannes Waris, of Helsinki, will lead a Finnish [...]

September 16, 2016

Festival Ruska back for second year

As the Copper Country becomes ablaze with colorful leaves, Finlandia University will celebrate its roots with Festival Ruska 2016.

The second annual Festival Ruska gets under way on Tuesday, September 20 with lecture by a Finnish professor on the psychic lives of plants, and concludes on Thursday, October 13 with the season premiere showing of the Nordic Film Series, with several ethnic events on the days between sure to appeal to all audiences.

Two days after the lecture, which will be [...]

Festival Ruska

Finlandia University’s roots are in Finland, and the school will celebrate those roots with a late celebration each fall, appropriately named Festival Ruska. The festival started in 2015, filling a void left after the university stopped hosting Sibelius Academy Music Festival.

Check out a full schedule and more information on the event by visiting finlandia.edu/ruska.


Questions? David MakiDirector - Finnish American Heritage Center, Managing Editor - Finnish American ReporterFinlandia Universitydavid.maki@finlandia.edu906-487-7549


August 1, 2016

Road construction now in front of Finlandia in Hancock

This summer the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reconstructing about a mile of US-41 in Hancock from the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Lincoln Drive. Late last week the project moved in front of Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center, future College of Health Sciences building and North Wind Books.

It’s expected by the end of this week work will continue on Quincy Street beyond Hoover Center and Old Main to Mine Street. Access to all of those buildings will [...]

June 3, 2016

Finlandia University launches new website

The Finlandia University Marketing and Communications Department is proud to announce the launch of a new website. The website went live Thursday, June 2 at finlandia.edu.

“This website is a vital investment in the future of Finlandia University,” Director of Marketing and Communications Michael H. Babcock said. “I am proud of our entire campus community for coming together to make this possible.”

This project is the culmination of more than two years of a visual rebranding effort for [...]

May 23, 2016

Maija Miettinen to be featured at Finlandia University Gallery

The Basics Artist: Maija Miettinen Exhibit Title: Rhythm of the Whole Exhibit Dates: June 2 – August 3, 2016 Please join us for an opening reception: Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 7-8:30 p.m. Artist talk beginning at 7:15 p.m. Learn more about Maija Miettinen at maijamiettinen.com

Maija Miettinen: Rhythm of the Whole will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from June 2 to August 3, 2016.

An opening reception at the gallery will take place on Thursday, June [...]

April 12, 2016

Nordic Film Series wraps season with Norwegian movie

A Norwegian movie based on a famous novel concludes the 2015-16 season for the Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC).

“Victoria” will show at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in the Martha Wiljanen Community Hall of the FAHC.

This 2013 film is a dramatization of Knut Hamsun’s 1898 novel of the same name, tells the story of the tragic and unhappy love affair between Victoria and Johannes. She’s a daughter of a rich [...]

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