Sat, Feb 19|
Nordic Lodge Membership Meeting & Cultural Program
Time & Location
Feb 19, 2022, 11:00 AM
About the Event
Welcome to Kalevala: Getting into the Finnish National Epic
In 1849, the medical doctor and folklorist Elias Lönnrot published the work for which he would be immortalized, the literary epic Kalevala. Based on traditional poetry collected by Lönnrot and other early folklorists and modified into a linear narrative, this book is the best-known work of Finnish literary art, which has served as an inspiration for musicians, sculptors, painters, and even politicians in search of a unique Finnish culture separate from Swedish and Russian influences.
Our speaker, Hilary-Joy Virtanen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Finnish & Nordic Studies at Finlandia University in Hancock, MI, will talk about what exactly Kalevala is and what inspired its creation. Together we will look at the folk traditions from which it drew as well as the snowball of Finnish nationalism that resulted from its publication.
From well-loved symphonies to Finnish independence itself, the Kalevala's lasting influence over Finnish society and culture is undeniable. Please join us for this engaging program. If you are not a Lodge member, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a Zoom link the morning of the program.