Our World of Partnerships: Celebrating the Finnish American Fulbright Experience, Boston May 30, 2015



You can find the pictures from the event here.




The Friends of Fulbright Finland and the Fulbright Center are hosting an alumni event to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the first ASLA-Fulbright academic exchange between Finland and the USA and to recognize the 10th anniversary of the American alumni program of Fulbright Finland. The event is organized in cooperation with the Finnish Consulate General in New York and the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC. It will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, at 2-4 pm.

In addition to the opportunity to meet other Fulbright alumni as well as new US Fulbright grantees on their way to Finland, there will be a program updating the progress of the Fulbright Finland…for the Future campaign and honoring the many partnerships that make the Finnish Fulbright program one of the most robust in the world. 

The program includes welcome and special announcements by Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director of the Fulbright Center in Helsinki, representatives from the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC, and the Finnish Consulate General in New York City. Distinguished alumnus Dr. Bengt R. Holmström, the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics at MIT, and 1974 ASLA-Fulbright grantee to Stanford, will speak on the topic of partnerships in the academic and research world. Light buffet is provided.

U.S. alumni of the Fulbright Center are invited to come and join us to raise a toast to the continuing success of Finnish-American Fulbright partnerships and Finnish-American relations!

Artist of the Event

The featured Artist of the Event is Jacquelyn Gleisner, Fulbright U.S. Graduate Student grantee 2010-2011 at Aalto University School of Art and Design.

Illustration by Jacquelyn Gleisner

 “You know how diamonds – how all crystals – grow, Laurette? By adding microscopic layers, a few thousand atoms each month, each atop the next. Millennia after millennia. That’s how stories accumulate, too.” – Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

In Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, an old man explains to the novel’s young protagonist, Marie-Laure that crystals grow in the same way that stories do. A story is the result of the gradual layering of different voices, as a network of crystalline atoms extends slowly under the precise conditions. The particular shape of a crystal tells a story of how it has been formed. As an artist and a writer, my work is likewise the product of my cumulative experiences and encounters.

Jacquelyn Gleisner (b. 1984) studied art as a Visiting Researcher at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland on a Fulbright grant in 2010. The same year, Jacquelyn began writing about the arts for the non-profit Art21’s online magazine. This summer one of Jacquelyn’s paintings will be installed at the Embassy of Botswana through the Art in the Embassies Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State. Jacquelyn currently teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Framingham State University in Massachusetts.


USS Constitution

Check the museum website for more details www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

How to Get There

The venue is accessible by car and public transportation, such as the Boston T and water taxis from central downtown Boston. 

Visit the USS Constitution in Conjunction with the Event

Guests will also have the opportunity to walk through the exhibits of the USS Constitution Museum and to see the historical ship itself with Navy personnel available to answer questions; we have asked a sailor to come speak to us at 4 pm. The USS Constitution is now in dry dock for repairs, so this is a rare opportunity to see the wooden hull, originally built in 1795, fully exposed. Information about the restoration process is at: www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitors.asp#public_tour_hours

Social Media

Follow the event in social media!

Twitter: @FulbrightFIN
Event hashtag: #FoFFBoston

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Main Partner

The organizers want to acknowledge with gratitude the financial support for this event by the Finnish Consulate General in New York.

Without their support this event would not be possible.


The event has also been supported by Kankaan Hapankorput, you can also find them from Facebook.