Assistant professor of Finnish and Nordic studies, Dr. Hilary Virtanen dropped by Finlandia Fridays this past week to talk about her busy semester. Dr. Virtanen kicked off the academic year by attending FinnFest USA, which was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One of the highlights of the festival this year included an appearance by the Finnish president and his wife. Dr. Virtanen gave a talk about Finnish-Americans traveling and the experience of going to and connecting to [...]
On Saturday night at 7:30 three Finlandia employees will be participating in a panel discussion following the showing of Sami Blood during the 41 North Film Festival at Michigan Tech.
About Sami Blood
In this lyrical and psychologically-complex drama, a 14-year-old Sámi girl is subjected to racism and eugenic scrutiny in the 1930s when she is removed from her family and sent to a state-run school that aims to reeducate her into Swedish culture. Newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok brilliantly portrays the fierce [...]
“It is an honor to take part in this symposium and to use research and experiences with Upper Midwestern Finnish in celebration of Finland’s centennial,” Dr. Virtanen said. “While it is true that many aspects [...]
Another wonderful day of Festival Ruska was had on Thursday, with students and community members being introduced to mölkky, voisilmapulla and korvapuusi. Now we move to the weekend, and our final two events of 2017 Festival Ruska.
Festival Ruska Bad Movie Night
In 1959, a team of Finnish and Soviet filmmakers joined forces to produce a cinematic rendering of Finland’s beloved national epic Kalevala. Named Sampo in its original production, the film told the story of the love between a man and a woman, [...]
On this installment of Finlandia Fridays special guest Dr. Hilary Virtanen discusses the Paloheimo Fellows Program with host Michael H. Babcock. This program offers a unique and special experience that allows four lucky Finlandia students (of any major) the opportunity to study abroad in Tampere, Finland. This program runs for three weeks every May and is guided by Finnish expert Dr. Virtanen. In Finland students will gain knowledge on social scientific techniques to observe and analyze the [...]
The Paloheimo Fellows Program, a competitive study abroad opportunity, is now taking applications for the Spring 2017 class. Paloheimo Fellows are a group of four Finlandia University students who travel to Finland with Assistant Professor of Finnish and Nordic Studies Dr. Hilary Virtanen to engage in field research on Finnish society and culture. Students are accepted from any and all majors, however students must be at least a junior in a four-year program or in their final year of a [...]