ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Events

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association invites you to meet other Fulbrighters and experience exciting cultural events!

Past Event Highlights

Fulbrighter Happy Hour in Turku

October 6, 2017

Networking over drinks at the Restaurant Old Bank in Turku.




Fulbrighter Meetup



September 28, 2017

The first selected Finnish Fulbrighters for the 2018-2019 academic year met the Fulbright Finland alumni and current U.S. Fulbright grantees at the warm and welcoming "Fulbrighter Meetup" after the Finnish Graduate Student Orientation.







Welcome Event

August 23, 2017

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association organized a Welcome event at the Sibelius Upper Secondary School to meet and greet the new U.S. Fulbrighters, returning Finnish grantees and the members of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association. The event was organized in honor of the new U.S. Fulbrighters and returning Finnish grantees. This event offered a great opportunity to network and connect with the fellow Fulbrighters and learn more about the Fulbright Finland Alumni community. The guest of Honor was Ragnar Backström, ASLA alumus from 1951.

Helsinki Spring Marathon with the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association

April 20, 2017

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association invited all association members and current U.S. Fulbrighters to join racing the Helsinki Spring Marathon on Sunday the 23rd of April. The event took place in a beautiful, flat, and fast course in Helsinki. The race began and ended at Pukinmäen urheilupuisto (Pukinmäki Sports Park, 00720 Helsinki). Participants were able to choose to join for the Helsinki Spring Marathon, half marathon and 10 km running race.

Visit to the Aalto Design Factory

April 3, 2017

ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association members and current U.S. Fulbrighters had a special opportunity to visit and learn about the fascinating Aalto Design Factory. Please find more info about the Design Factory at

Annual General Meeting

March 20, 2017 at 5.30 pm

The standard agenda for the annual genereal meeting can be found here.

Alumni Ice-skating and coffee with the new U.S. Fulbrighters

January 25, 2017

The Fulbright Finland alumni and the new U.S. Fulbrighters had a great time at Brahen kenttä ice-skating rink on January 25th. After ice-skating, the group gathered at a nearby Café RUPLA. RUPLA is a creative space combining also a vintage shop and an art gallery. This Wednesday, the exhibition featured paintings by a brown bear called Juuso!


Holiday Season Get-Together

December 2, 2016

Fulbright Finland alumni and current and future Fulbrighters celebrated the approaching Holiday Season in a casual ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association’s Holiday Season Get-Together at the Restaurant Linnankellari!

The event took place in a close to 200-year-old building which used to be a Helsinki county prison. An optional tour of the building was offered before the dinner and it included stories about the prison, former prisoners and even about some escapes as well as a visit to a group cell and an isolation cell.







Fulbright Get-Together in Tampere!

November 29, 2016

Past and current, Finnish and American Fulbrighters were invited to a Fulbright get-together that was held at the Irish pub O'Connell's in Tampere.



U.S. Presidential Elections 2016, Pre-Election Night

November 7, 2016

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association hosted a lively Pre-Election Night get-together for everyone interested in the U.S. Presidential Elections.

Fulbrighter Meetup

The “Fulbrighter Meetup” took place at the end of the Finnish graduate student orientation day and provided an opportunity for the new Finnish Fulbrighters to meet with the Fulbright Finland alumni as well as the current U.S. Fulbrighters in Finland. It was a great opportunity to network with the first selected Finnish Fulbrighters for the 2017-2018 academic year.


September 28, 2016


Behind the Scenes Visit to the Finnish National Opera

September 15, 2016

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association organized a Behind the Scenes Visit to the Finnish National Opera on Thursday September 15, 2016 at 5pm. The tour was led by External Relations Manager of the National Opera Heidi Almi. During the tour, they met General Director of the National Opera, Päivi Kärkkäinen, and the Opera's Development Manager, Heidi Lehmuskumpu who are both Fulbright Center alumnas.


Welcome Event for the New U.S. Grantees and Returning Finnish Grantees

August 24, 2016

Networking event with the new U.S. Fulbrighters and newly returned Finnish Fulbrighters at the Sibelius Upper Secondary School. Wonderful music performances by the Sibelius Upper Secondary School students crowned the evening.

Informal Graduation Event for Jyväskylä-Based American Fulbright Grantees

May 7, 2016 at 2pm

Niilo Mäki Institute, in collaboration with ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association organized an informal graduation event for Jyväskylä-based Fulbright grantees. The event was held in the garden of a Fulbright alumni Olli-Pekka Malinen.

The Spring Gallery Hop

April 23, 2016 at 2 pm

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association organized a relaxed pedestrian tour of art galleries in downtown Helsinki. They visited in five different art galleries during the afternoon: Ama Gallery, TM-Gallery, Helsinki Contemporary, Galerie Forsblom and Bulevardin Taidesalonki.

The afternoon ended with early dinner at the historic Hietalahti Market Hall, which has recently been renovated and turned into a food market with ample opportunities for culinary delight.

Annual General Meeting

March 7, 2016 at 5.30 pm

The standard agenda for the annual genereal meeting can be found here.

Welcome Dinner for the new U.S. Fulbrighters

January 27, 2016 at 6.00 pm

As part of the Fulbright Center's U.S. grantee spring orientation, the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association organized a no-host Welcome Dinner at the Restaurant Linnankellari for all 2015-2016 grantees, family members as well as alumni. The restaurant operates in the basement of an old county jail, and offers Finno-Scandinavian local and organic food prepared of the finest ingredients.

Season's Greetings Party

December 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Three generations of Fulbrighters (Fulbright Center Alumni, newly selected Finnish and current U.S. Fulbrighters) got together to celebrate the holiday season with a Season's Greetings Party organized by the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association.

Welcome Event

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association welcomes the new U.S. Fulbrighters and returning and current Finnish grantees at the Welcome Event on Wednesday August 26, 2015, at 17:00-18:30 at the Sibelius Upper Secondary School. Join us to welcome them to the Fulbright Center Alumni community in Finland.

Innovation Center Visit at the U.S. Embassy

May 12, 2015

Fulbright Spring Gallery Hop

ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association members visiting Innovation Center with the U.S. Fulbright grantees.

In April, Alumni met for the 3rd Fulbright Alumni Gallery Hop in the heart of the Helsinki Design District.  Works ranged from the mundane to the controversial.  A crowd favorite was the Helsinki Contemporary show of Young Artist of the Year, Ville Andersson, whose detailed black and white works intrigued Finns and Americans alike (photo above center).  

We visited a record number of galleries this trip, and the conversation was non-stop.  It was great fun to see old friend and meet new Fulbrighters across generations, while enjoying good coffee, delicious food, and exploring the art scene of Helsinki. We hope to see you at the next alumni gathering!

Photos Attached:
Gallery Hop Highlights with Title
Gathering at Factory St. Gallery (by Molly Schwartz)
Gallerie Forsblom (by Molly Schwartz)

Annual General Meeting 

March 3, 2015

Holiday Season Get-Together

December 9, 2014

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association members and current U.S. Fulbrighters celebrated the Holiday Season at an afterwork get-together.

Fulbright Fall Gallery Hop

October 30, 2014

At the end of October, members of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association enjoyed a Gallery Hop, that included visits to several galleries, two art openings, and a dinner in central Helsinki.

The evening brought together different generations of Finnish Fulbright Alumni, as well as American grantees. The opening of the Icon exhibition by Stephan Balkenhol at Gallerie Forsblom proved to be the favorite of the evening. A quick stop was made at the Helsinki Artotheque, the unique art lending library and gallery of the Helsinki Artists' Association. This sparked a spirited discussion, which benefited from the participation of current grantee in Information Science, Molly Schwartz, highlighting the evolution of modern libraries and the innovations of the Finnish library system. It was an opportunity for fun, good food, and interesting art.The association is looking forward to the Spring gallery hop in 2015: we hope to see you there!


  • Top left: Current U.S. Grantees to Finland, Professor Bob Cowles, Molly Schwartz, and Fulbright Bicentennial Chair Mark Miller engrossed in Stephan Balkenhol’s exhibit at Gallerie Forsblom.
  • Top righ: Mark Miller, Alumnus Benjamin Alldritt, and Molly Schwartz explore the Helsinki Artoteque art lending library and gallery
  • Bottom: Alumna and VP of the Alumni Association Dr. Laura Hirvi, who will be heading next to Germany as director of the Finnish Institute in Berlin, at Galleria Jangva

Fulbright Gallery Hop:  Sun, art, food and delicious interdisciplinary conversation

April 26, 2014

Fulbright alumni and future grantees gathered in Helsinki for a sun-filled day of gallery visits, coffee, tapas and great discussion.  The creative idea for this new networking event came from Fulbright Grantee Matti Heinonen, who will be heading to New York next fall.   The tour included visits to Factory St. Gallery, Gallery Ama, Bulevardin Taidesalonki, Helsinki Contemporary and Forum Box, pictured here. Visits to the galleries ignited fascinating discussions that bridged different disciplines and shared Fulbright experiences.  The exchange of ideas continued at Juuri, a restaurant specialising in new Finnish cuisine, where the group enjoyed sapas (Finnish tapas) to complete the afternoon.  

The tour also included a visit to the Helsinki Taidelainamo, a fine art lending and selling organisation run by the Helsinki Artists Association.  This institution, another innovative Finnish invention it seems, allows people to rent and buy a wide selection of fine art from local artists.  The ALSA-Fulbright alumni board hopes to make this an annual event, so that American grantees might be introduced to this innovative idea, and maybe even return to their new Finnish homes with a piece of local fine art to enjoy during their grant year.  Stay tuned for the Fall Gallery Hop—we hope to see you there!

Visiting Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä

April 23, 2014

The current American Fulbrighters were in Jyväskylä for the first Fulbright Forum seminar. The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni association organized a pre-conference visit to the Alvar Aalto Museum for the grantees and alumni.

Runeberg's Day Ateneum Museum visit

The 5th of February is celebrated in Finland as Runeberg's Day, in honor of the birth of one of Finland's greatest poets, Johan Ludvig Runeberg. The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association invited current U.S. grantees and alumni to join them on a tour of the Ateneum Museum, where an exhibit called "On the Shores of the Lake" was on display. We enjoyed a great guided tour of the exhibit, which showcased the work of some of Finland's most famous artists such as Pekka Halonen and Eero Järnefelt.

After the tour we headed to Sokerileipuri Suominen, a sweet little café where we enjoyed runebergintorttu (Runeberg's torte), a Finnish pastry flavored with almonds and rum or arrack, said to be the favorite dessert of Runeberg himself and an invention of his wife, Fredrika Runeberg.

ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association's 60th Anniversary Celebration

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association celebrated its 60th Anniversary on November 23rd at Korjaamo Culture Factory. The event included a reception and a UMO & Jamie Davis Jazz concert. Fulbright Center Alumn (2006-2007, Manhattan School of Music) Jaska Lukkarinen was at the drums. The event was jointly organized with the League of Finnish American Societies that was celebrating its 70th Anniversary. After the concert at Korjaamo jazz artist Jamie Davis joined us for mingling.

Photos from the event can be found here.

ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament

Fulbright Center alumni, members of the Board of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association, staff and Board members of the Fulbright Center, and friends of the Finnish Fulbright program gathered together for the 7th annual Fulbright alumni golf tournament at Kotojärvi Golf. Experienced golfers participated in a tournament, while beginners received golf lessons from a pro and got the rare opportunity to practice on the range. Many thanks to everyone who participated for a wonderful day!

Photos from the day's events can be found here.


Alumni Association Members and Fulbright Center Grantees Visit U.S. Embassy Innovation Center

Members of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association, U.S. and Finnish Fulbright Center grantees and Fulbright Center staff visited the brand new Innovation Center at the U.S. Embassy on Friday, May 26, 2013. They were greeted by Ambassador Oreck and given a tour of the newly unveiled building. Check photos of the event here.

Read more about the Innovation Center here:

Studying in the USA - An Education Exposé 2012

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association is taking part in an education exposé on studying in the United States during the International Education Week. The event is on November 13 at the Fulbright Center. The flyer for the event is available here (pdf).

2012 Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament

Green Card or Not – You Are Welcome to the Fulbright Golf Tournament

Alumni and friends of the Finnish-American Fulbright program are invited to the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association’s 6th Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament, Tuesday 12 June 2012 at Suur-Helsingin Golf in Espoo, Luukki. Both experienced and newcomer golfers are welcome!

ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Gathering & Annual General Meeting 2012

Tuesday March 13, 2012 17.30–19.30

Come and learn more about the association and get acquainted with your fellow Fulbrighters. Even if you are not a member yet, this meeting is open for all former grantees, Finns and Americans, who are interested in the association and its activities.

The official Annual General Meeting meeting will begin at 18.00 but you are most welcome to join us earlier at 17.30 for light refreshments and socializing together. The meeting will end at 19.30 at the latest.

The residence of Marjut Robinson, Counselor of Press and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Embassy Helsinki
Address: Please contact the Fulbright Center for further details.

Buddy Event 2011

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association wished the new American Fulbrighters a warm welcome to Finland at the 9th Annual ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Buddy Event on September 1, 2011 at the Sibelius Upper Secondary School.

In this event, the grantees met their Buddies who are Fulbright community members, who help arriving Fulbrighters to integrate into their local community.

See photos from the Event.

The 2011 Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament

The 5th Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament took place on the 9th of June 2011 at Gumböle Golf in Espoo.

See photos from the event.






Fulbright seminar: Perceptions on Finnish schools, May 12, Mikkelin lukio, Mikkeli

The speakers of the seminar were in Finland as Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching grantees in the spring of 2011. Reasons behind the success of the Finnish school system were discussed in the seminar. Also some possible points of development the American teachers encountered on their numerous school visits throughout Finland were raised for discussion.

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Gathering & Annual General Meeting

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association held its Annual General Meeting on April 19. If you were not able to participate in the meeting and are not yet a member you are still welcome to join us and our activities. The association is open for all former grantees, Finns and Americans.

If you would like to volunteer for the association please contact the chair Päivi Kankaanranta, p.kankaanranta06(at)

Stand-up Comedy in English, March 10

In March, we enjoyed a good laugh listening to stand-up comedy in English at Manala.

Kalevala Day Special: Fulbright Alumni Talk - Gender, magic, sexuality and supranormal topics in Finnish folklore, February 28

Professor Laura Stark from the University of Jyväskylä gave a talk for the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association on some of the less discussed aspects in Finnish folklore at the Fulbright Center in Helsinki.

Professor Stark, a Fulbright alumnus and member of the Fulbright Center Board of Directors, talked about gender, magic, sexuality and supranormal topics in Finnish folklore. It was a unique chance for both the alumni and all the current grantees to learn about aspects of Finnish culture and history that are not taught in school!


Opera at the movies: Nixon in China, February 19, 2011

The ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association met at Tennispalatsi Movie Theater to see "Nixon in China," an opera by the American composer John Adams, performed by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The opera is directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Adams himself.

The 2010 Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament

The 4th Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament took place on the 17th of June 2010 at Golf Talma. See photos from the event.



ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Gathering & Annual General Meeting April 28, 2010

Read the Meeting Announcement.

The 2009 Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual Fulbright Alumni Golf Tournament took place on the 11th of June 2009 at Kurk Golf in Kirkkonummi.