Lectures

An Evening with Finnish Studies

In 2015 Professor Anu Muhonen initiated a new lecture series An Evening with Finnish Studies. The purpose of the free public lectures is to bring the (Finnish Canadian) community and the Finnish Studies Program at the University of Toronto together. Professor Muhonen has been able to invite many distinguished professionals and scholars to guest speak in her series. These lectures have been very well attended.

  1. March 23, 2015
    Growing up multilingually – Raising multilingual children and grandchildren
    by Professor Emerita Maisa Martin (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
  2. March 23, 2015
    Multilingual Finland – Working multilingually
    by Professor Minna Suni (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
  3. October 20, 2015
    The Eternal Lure of the Kalevala
    by Professor Emeritus Börje Vähämäki (University of Toronto, Canada)
  4. March 23, 2016
    Every Object Tells a Story – Searching for Finnishness among San Francisco
    Bay Area Finns
    by Lecturer Sirpa Tuomainen (University of California Berkeley, USA)
  5. November 16, 2016
    The Stories Behind the Story
    by Author Liisa Kovala
  6. October 5, 2017
    Implementing the Helsinki City Plan
    by Head of Strategic Urban Planning Rikhard Manninen
    (City of Helsinki, Finland)
  7. October 5, 2017
    Transparency First, Open City Plan Process in Helsinki
    by Communications Manager Heikki Mäntymäki (City of Helsinki, Finland)
  8. October 26, 2017
    100 Years of Finnish Design
    by Professor Pekka Korvenmaa (Aalto University, Finland)
  9. January 28, 2018
    They Know Not What They Do
    by Author, Dr. Jussi Valtonen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  10. November 14, 2018
    Songs from the North: The Metallic Country Brand of Finland
    by Dr.Toni-Matti Karjalainen (Aalto University, Finland)
  11. November 29, 2018
    Law, Trust and Legitimacy: Finnish and Nordic experiences
    by Professor Kimmo Nuotio (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  12. February 28, 2019
    Aleksis Kivi – The Cornerstone of Finnish Literature
    by Visiting Graduate Student Anna Tilli (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  13. March 21, 2019
    “The Karjala Story: Revolution, War, Wonder” – A Human Viewpoint of the Political Military and Cultural History of Karjala (and Finland)
    by MBA Karl Tuira (University of Toronto, Canada)
  14. March 23, 2020
    Who can Speak the Truth about the Constitution of Finland?
    by Dr. Ida Koivisto (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  15. May 26, 2020
    Made in Finland! Exploring and archiving the soul of Finnish Music.
    by Dr Toni-Matti Karjalainen (University of the Arts, Finland)
  16. May 30, 2022
    Karelian Evacuees and their Importance in the Identities of Young Adults
    by MA & Finnish Studies alumni Marko Smiljanic
    (Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
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The Canadian Friends of Finland Education Foundation is a registered charitable organization (889034799 RR 0001) founded in 1990 for the sole purpose of supporting the Finnish Studies Program at the University of Toronto.

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