American Voices Seminar

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University of Turku
Students and faculty of the University of Turku and other American Voices seminar participants enjoying a presentations by a signing Fulbright scholar

The seminar provides an opportunity to learn about various aspects of the American society and culture through the experiences of American Fulbright grantees currently in Finland. The seminar is organized by the Fulbright Finland Foundation, John Morton Center and the Department of English at the University of Turku with financial support from the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki.

The 28th American Voices Seminar takes place on October 8-9, 2021, at the University of Turku.

Program

Friday, October 8, 14:00-17:15 American Voices Seminar, Tauno Nurmela Hall

14:00–14:15 Welcome!  
Janne Korkka, Senior Lecturer, University of Turku
Piia Björn, Vice Rector, University of Turku; Member of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland Foundation

14:15–15:00 Social Issues in the U.S.
Presenters: Fred Markowitz, Erika Benson, Steven Livingston, Aditya Johri
Chair: Leasa Weimer

15:00–15:05 Greetings from the Fulbright Finland Foundation

15:05–15:35 Refreshment break
    
15:35–16:20 Finnish American Communities and Traditions Today
Presenters: Mirva Johnson, Emma Mulhern, Sean Wachsmuth, Alyssa Rodriguez
Chair: Janne Korkka

16:20–16:30 Break
    
16:30–17:15 Collegiate Sports Mascots
Speakers: Brian Chabowski, Sujata Ramnarayan, Laurel Anderson, Paul Heald
Chair: Janne Korkka

Friday, October 8, 14:00-17:15 American Voices Seminar, Säästöpankki Hall

14:00–14:15 Welcome! (livestreamed from Tauno Nurmela Hall)
Janne Korkka, Senior Lecturer, University of Turku
Piia Björn, Vice Rector, University of Turku; Member of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland Foundation

14:15–15:00 Teacher Activism on TikTok
Presenters: Kathlyn Elliot, Claire Ramsey, Jessica Stargardter
Chair: María Gutierrez Bascon

15:00–15:05 Greetings from the Fulbright Finland Foundation  

15:05–15:35 Refreshment break

15:35–16:20 The American “Great Outdoors”
Presenters: Kent Johnson, Mark Hersey, Selina Gallo-Cruz, Patrick Crowley
Chair: Pekka Kolehmainen

16:20–16:30 Break
    
16:30–17:15 American College Football
Speakers: Salena Bantz, Christopher Zirkle, Laura Alderfer
Chair: Reetta Humalajoki

Saturday, October 9, 10:15-12:30 American Voices Seminar, Tauno Nurmela Hall

10:15–11:00 American Views on Race
Presenters: Rachel Szekely, Jade Roberts, Abraham Kipnis, Kenn Oldham
Chair: Janne Korkka

11:00–11:30 Refreshment break

11:30–12:30 Queer Language and Culture
Presenters: Devina Boughton, Meg Jones, Andreas Nolan, Isabel Coppola, Chelsea Bihlmeyer
Chair: Janne Korkka

12:30 Closing Words 

Saturday, October 9, 10:15-12:30 American Voices Seminar, Säästöpankki Hall

10:15–11:00 Niche American Daily Life
Presenters: Chloe Kiernicki, Macey Higdon, Edward Stevens, Paul Berger
Chair: Ira Hansen

11:00–11:30 Refreshment break

11:30–12:30 Melting Pot: American Food Culture
Presenters: Caitlin Morris, Tiffany Wang, Giana Ortiz, Jack Garrett, Mikaela Peters
Chair: Pekka Lintunen

12:30 Closing Words 

CVs of American Voices speakers, and other 2021-22 U.S. Fulbright grantees to Finland

 

American Voices logo

 

Previous American Voices programs

27th American Voices

The 27th American Voices seminar took place on October 11-12, 2019, at the University of Turku

26th American Voices

The 26th American Voices Seminar took place on October 12-13, 2018, at the University of Turku.

25th American Voices

The 25th American Voices Seminar took place on October 6-7, 2017, at the University of Turku.

24th American Voices

The 24th American Voices Seminar took place on October 7-8, 2016, at the University of Turku.

23rd American Voices

The 23rd American Voices Seminar took place on on October 9-10, 2015, at the University of Turku.

22nd American Voices

The 22nd American Voices Seminar took place on on October 10-11, 2014, at the University of Turku.

21st American Voices

The 21st American Voices Seminar took place on on October 11-12, 2013, at the University of Turku.

20th American Voices

The 20th American Voices Seminar took place on on October 12-13, 2012, at the University of Turku.

 

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