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In 2021, on the last Saturday of every month except December, FinnFest USA will offer an alternating lecture and music series. Each will stream via Zoom at 11 a.m. Central time (7 p.m. Finnish time). All events are free, but donations are encouraged.
The lecture series—co-organized with the Journal of Finnish Studies and sponsored by Sam Houston State University—presents international scholars engaged with Finnish arts and culture.
May’s lecture shines a spotlight on the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. It was compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot, and it is based on the epic folk poems he had collected in Finland and Karelia as well as his own work. Although the Kalevala is not an authentic coherent folk epic as such, it became the national epic of Finland and it was important in the nation- building of Finland during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This month’s presenter, Tuomas Hovi, PhD, is a folklorist from Turku, Finland. He has worked at the Migration Institute of Finland as a senior researcher and as a University Teacher in Folkloristics at the University of Turku. His areas of expertise and research interests include folklore, heritage, tradition, tourism, authenticity, identity politics, ethnicity, and cultural identity. His current research, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2016–2020), focuses on the cultural and ethnic identity and heritage of Finnish Americans currently living in the United States.
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