Finnish American Progressive History

A SYMPOSIUM ON LABOR, CO-OPERATIVES AND POLITICS

September 21, 2017 @ FinnFest.  Please see Registration page to register!

A Co-production by Norway House and Finnfest USA
September 21, 2017
913 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

9:00       Welcome: Eugene Ollila, Program Organizer and Member of Finnsource

9:10       The Religious and Philosophical Foundations of the Finnish-American Labor Movement
Richard Hudelson, Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy,
University of Wisconsin-Superior

9:40        Finnish American Contributions to American Labor History
Peter Rachleff, East Side Freedom Library, St. Paul, MN

10:10      A Finnish American from Minnesota Becomes a National Political Leader
Gus Hall:  His last Public Interview
Aaron Brown, Instructor, Hibbing Community College

10:40      Group Discussion

11:00       “Co-operatively Yours”, a documentary film
Kristen Ojaniemi’s Documentary Film about the Finnish Cooperative in
Bruce Crossing, Michigan.  She will be present

12:00       Lunch and Group Discussion

12:30       The Legacy of the Co-operative Movement Today
Brenda Latvala Pfahnl and Tom Pierson, Shared Capital Cooperative, and
John Pederson, Founder of 612 Sauna Society, a cooperative venture

1:30          Group Discussion

1:50          Final Remarks

2:00          Symposium Adjourns