American Voices Seminar

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University of Turku
A full auditorium listening to a panel discussion. Five U.S. Fulbrighters are smiling and laughing behind a desk with a moderator smiling at them left of them.

The seminar provides an opportunity to learn about various aspects of the American society and culture through the experiences of U.S. 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.

The 30th American Voices Seminar was organized on October 6-7, 2023, at the University of Turku.

The seminar is open to the public and free of charge, and you are warmly welcome to attend either individual sessions or stay for the full two-day program.

You have an opportunity to visit the Fulbright Finland Foundation stand outside the seminar hall for information on studying in and on scholarship opportunities to the U.S.

See the CV catalogue of the 2023-24 U.S. Fulbrighters in Finland.

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Seminar Program

Tauno Nurmela Hall, University of Turku Main Building

Friday, October 6

14:00–14:20 Welcome to the 30th American Voices Seminar!
Janne Korkka, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Turku
Piia Björn, Vice Rector, University of Turku
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland Foundation

14:20–15:10 American VOICES: a Brief Outline of Accents Across the United States
Presenters: John Barton, Anezka Boyle, Xenabeth Lazaro, James Hawdon
Chair: Niko Heikkilä, Post-Doctoral Researcher, John Morton Center

15:10–15:15 Greetings from the Fulbright Finland Foundation
Maija Kettunen, Communications Manager, Fulbright Finland Foundation

15:15–15:45 Refreshment Break
    
15:45–16:25 Reality TV in the U.S.
Presenters: Chase Friel, Claudia Partridge, Skye Pham
Chair: Jaakko Dickman, Project Researcher, John Morton Center

16:25–16:35 Break
    
16:35–17:25 Women in North American Sports
Presenters: Mujde Yuksel, Lucia Trimbur, Zhanel DeVides, Mia Filardi
Chair: Benita Heiskanen, Professor of North American Studies, John Morton Center

End of program on Friday

Saturday, October 7

10:15–11:05 Desert Life in the U.S.
Presenters: Sydney Erlikh, Casey O'Donnell, Iveta Silova, Bethany McGowan
Chair: Janne Korkka, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Turku

11:05–11:30 Refreshment Break

11:30–12:00 Aspects of the U.S. Educational System
Presenters: Radha Jagannathan, Zhuming Bi
Chair: Pekka Kolehmainen, Post-Doctoral Researcher, John Morton Center

12.00–12:40 Sustainability in the U.S
Presenters: Peter Matthews, Venu Veeravalli, Anthony Hackney
Chair: Janne Korkka, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Turku

12:40 Closing Words

Previous American Voices programs

29th American Voices

The 29th American Voices seminar took place on October 7-8, 2022, at the University of Turku

28th American Voices

The 28th American Voices seminar took place on October 8-9, 2021, at the University of Turku

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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