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Finnish Movie Night—“Miss Farkku-Suomi”

Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

”Mä oon teidän uus rock-idoli – I am your new rock idol”, states Välde, a 17-year-old outsider, who, in order to win the heart of the newly crowned Miss Blue Jean, decides to dye his hair green and become a musician. Finland in the 1970’s. A new genre of music, punk, is starting to find its way to a small Finnish town in the north called Oulu. Time to say good-bye to Abba and hello to Sex Pistols and updated values.

Modern Finnish Literature

This lecture and discussion course examines the major narrative texts of Finnish modern literature. Special emphasis is given to the historical period in the context of surrounding Finnish society. For example, how the modern literature reflects the movement from the countryside to the cities, industrialization, and Finnish independence. Some additional themes of the course are: the individual in a changing society, alcoholism in Finland, social criticism in the 1960s, and the position of women in Finnish society.

Regions Covered: 
Finland
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R504

Uralic Peoples and Cultures

This course carries S & H distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
Estonia
Finland
Hungary
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R592

Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History

Regions Covered: 
Azerbaijan
Estonia
Finland
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Poland
Tajikistan
Tatarstan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia

This colloquium offers a comparative study of the concept of empire and of the major nationalities in tsarist Russia and the USSR. It seeks to provide an antidote to a traditional Russocentric approach as well as to narrow ethnocentric views regarding the non-Russian areas. We will stress the period since the mid-19th century when national movements began emerging among many of the ethnic groups in the empire. The course will assess developments both from the perspective of the center (nationality “policy” in St. Petersburg and Moscow) and that of the non-Russian borderlands.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R698
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

Finland in the Twentieth Century

Regions Covered: 
Finland

This course carries S & H distribution credit

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R502
When Taught: 
Spring 2012

The Baltic States since 1908

Regions Covered: 
Estonia
Finland

This course offers a graduate-level introduction to the Baltic states and peoples in the twentieth century. The approach will be comparative both chronologically and geographically within the Baltic region. We will also view the Baltic states in the larger context of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the Russian Empire/Soviet Union. Three main periods are covered: the interwar independence era, Soviet rule, and the reestablishment of independence and its aftermath, 1987-2007.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R501
When Taught: 
Fall 2010

Modern Scandinavia and the Baltic States

Regions Covered: 
Estonia
Finland

Modern Scandinavia and the Baltic States

This course is a survey of the history of the Scandinavian and Baltic States since the 18th century. The emphasis will be on a comparative approach, seeking to identify uniformities and differences in development. Along with political and socio-economic developments, culture will also receive extensive treatment.

Requirements: a mid-term and final exam, both of the essay type; a comparative essay using various literary sources from Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R309
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 5:00pm

 

 

Finish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?

Date: 
Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:15pm

In this lecture Dr. Sahlberg will discuss the nature and impact of Finland’s highly successful educational reforms during the past three decades in a global context.

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