Presenters

Presenters at FinnFest USA 2019

Lauri Anderson

Finlandia University

Program Session VIII
Saturday, 3:00–4:30
 
Finnish American Authors Read from Their Work 
“Finnishness in America: Heikki Heikkinen and Other Characters: A Reading”

Melissa Chichester

Author

Program Session IV
Friday, 3:30–5:00 
 
Finnish and Finnish American Authors Read from Their Work
“Lay Down on the Good Earth”


Thomas A. DuBois

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Program Session V
Saturday, 8:30 – 10
Sami: Finland’s Indigenous people in the 21st century “Sámi Media: Giving Face and Voice to a Sámi Agenda”


Dennis Frahman

Author

Program Session VIII Saturday, 3:00–4:30 
Finnish American Authors Read from Their Work
“The Secrets of The Finnish Girl: A Reading”


Frog

University of Helsinki

Program Session V
Saturday, 8:30–10:00 

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Kalevala 
Program Session VII, Saturday, 1:00–2:30
The Kalevala Today 
“A Romance with the Kalevala”

Mehdi Ghasemi

Finnish Literature Society (SKS) & Tampere University

Program Session III 
Friday, 1:30–3:00 

Working-Class Literature in Finland and Finnish America
“Work and Workability of Finnish Immigrant Women in Paula Ivaska Robbins’ Below Rollstone Hill and Lauri Lemberg’s St. Croix Avenue

Helena Halmari

Sam Houston State University

Program Session I 
Friday, 8:30–10:00

Minna Canth: A Finnish Voice for Equality and Justice
“Gender, Race, and Class in Minna Canth’s Työmiehen vaimo (The Workman’s Wife)”

Marjaliisa Hentilä

Finnish Labour Archives, Helsinki

Program Session III 
Friday, 1:30–3:00

Working-Class Literature in Finland and Finnish America
“Hilja Pärssinen: The International Poet of Working Women

Wade Hollingshaus

Brigham Young University

Program Session I
Friday, 8:30–10:00
  Minna Canth: A Finnish Voice for Equality and Justice
“Minna Canth and Finland”


Tuomas Hovi

University of Turku

Program Session VII
Saturday, 1:00–2:30
 
The Kalevala Today
“The Kalevala in Modern Finland: The Use of the Kalevala in Popular Culture, Arts, and Business Life”






Scott Kaukonen

Sam Houston State University

Program Session V,
Saturday, 8:30–10:00 
How and Where to Find Finnish American Literature & Finnish Literature in Translation? Virtual Book Club Ideas 

Program Session VII,
Saturday, 1:00–2:30
The Kalevala Today
“The Land of Kaleva”: A Reading

Alana Kosklin

University of Newcastle, Australia

Program Session III
Friday, 1:30–3:00 
Working-Class Literature in Finland and Finnish America

“The Literary Archetype of the Hard-Working Finnish American and Its Origin in the Kalevala”



Jussi Lahtinen

Tampere University

Program Session II
Friday, 10:30–12:00 

Working Class Literature: Finland
“Finnish Working-Class Literature of the 1970s and Modernization of Society”


John Prusynski

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Program Session V
Saturday, 8:30 – 10
Sami: Finland’s Indigenous people in the 21st century “Sámi Literature Past and Present

Hanna Pylväinen

Virginia Commonwealth University

Program Session VIII Saturday, 3:00–4:30 
Finnish American Authors Read from Their Work
“We Sinners: A Reading”


Minna Sannikka

Finnish Labour Archives, Helsinki

Program Session II
Friday, 10:30–12:00 
Working-Class Literature: Finland
“Working-Class Narratives in the 1890s Finland”








Alpo Väkevä

Library of the Labour Movement, Helsinki, University of Helsinki

Program Session II 
Friday, 10:30–12:00    
Working-Class Literature: Finland 
“The Libraries of the Finnish Workers’ Associations: Ideals of Education at the Turn of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”



Beth Virtanen

Author

Program Session IV
Friday, 3:30–5:00 

Finnish and Finnish American Authors Read from Their Work
“Writing as Catharsis: Identity and Selfhood, Reflection, and Healing”


Program Session V
Saturday, 8:30–10:00 

How and Where to Find Finnish American Literature & Finnish Literature in Translation? Virtual Book Club Ideas

Hilary-Joy Virtanen

Finlandia University

Program Session V
Saturday, 8:30–10:00 

J. R. R. Tolkien and the Kalevala 
“The Lord of the Rings and Its Kalevala Influences”





Marianne Wargelin

Tampere University

Program Session I
Friday, 8:30–10:00 

Minna Canth: A Finnish Voice for Equality and Justice
“Minna Canth: Theater for the People”





Antti Häkkinen

University of Helsinki

Program Session I
Friday, 8:30–10:00
 
Finnish family history and migration: Past & Present as studied and presented in Finland 
“Ten Generations – Three Hundred Years: Finnish History uncovered through Family Stories”