Upcoming Events
The Results Are In: Post-election Analysis Symposium. Photo by Elina Keskitalo

"2018 U.S. Congressional Elections: Two Inside Views"

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Time: 14:15–15:45
Place: UTU, Educarium, Lecture Hall Edu2

Tom Davis (R-VA) is the director of Federal Government Affairs at Deloitte and rector at George Mason University.  He served 14 years in Congress after several years at the local level in Fairfax County, VA.  In 1998 and 2000, he served as the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Martin Frost (D-TX) currently holds the position of vice president of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and sits as the chairman of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.  He and Tom Davis (R-VA) wrote The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis.  While in Congress, Frost served on the Budget Committee and was in charge of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for two election cycles, adding 14 more Democrats to Congress.​

Dr. Benita Heiskanen, Director of the JMC

The event is open to all and students may collect lecture pass entries.
Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Finland.

JMC Research Network Grant Application Workshop

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time: 9:00–17:00 [TBC]
Place: UTU, Publicum, Room 309

JMC Research Network members present and discuss their ​grant proposals.

Current Issues Seminar
"ACT!VISM - Momentum. Movement. Mobilization."

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 10:00–17:00
Place: UTU, Publicum, Lecture Hall 2


10:00-10:15 Opening Remarks, Dr. Benita Heiskanen (JMC)

10:15-11:30 Keynote: "The Challenges and Opportunities of International Solidarity in Changing Times," Dr. Katherine Borland (Fulbright Bicentennial Chair, University of Helsinki & Associate Professor, Ohio State University)
11:30-12:30 Lunch Break

12:30-13:45 Keynote: "Transnational Native American Activism & Solidarity," Dr. György Tóth (Lecturer, University of Stirling)

13:45-14:00 Break

14:00-15:30 Roundtable Discussion: "Activist Movements Today,"
Dr. Albion Butters (JMC), Doctoral Candidate Niko Heikkilä (Cultural History, UTU), Dr. Reetta Humalajoki (JMC), Dr. Anna Kronlund (JMC), and Dr. Lotta Kähkönen (JMC)

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-17:00 Documentary Film Screening & Discussion: The Rise of Black Lives Matter  (2016, Dir. Nirit Peled)

The event is free of charge and open to all. Students may earn 2 ECTS credits or collect lecture pass entries. Organized by the JMC and sponsored by the UTU Department of Philosophy, Contemporary History and Political Science.

Katherine Borland is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies in the Humanities. From 2014-2018 she served as Director of the Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University.  Her current research focuses on storytelling events, narratives of place and environment, grassroots activism in Ohio, and the aesthetics of solidarity. In addition to scholarly research, she is interested in public humanities research and performance that engages collaboratively with non-university partners. She has published two books: Creating Community: Hispanic Migration to Rural Delaware (2002) and Unmasking Class, Gender and Sexuality in Nicaraguan Festival (2006). Most recently, she co-edited with Abigail E. Adams a volume of reflective essays, entitled International Volunteer Tourism: Critical Reflections on Good Works in Central America (2013), and a special issue on Family Folklore for the Journal of American Folklore (2017) with Diane Tye and Patricia Sawins.​

Gyorgy “George” Toth holds degrees from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary (M.A. in English Language & Lit and American Studies) and The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA (Ph.D. in American Studies). In his academic specializations, George combines U.S. cultural and social history with Transnational American Studies, Performance Studies, and Memory Studies to yield interdisciplinary insights into the politics of social and cultural movements in the post-1945 U.S. and Europe. Since December 2014 George has been serving as Lecturer in post-1945 U.S. History and Transatlantic Relations at the Division of History and Politics at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. His book From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie on the transatlantic alliance for American Indian sovereignty in the Late Cold War was published by SUNY Press in 2016. He is co-author of Memory in Transatlantic Relations from the Cold War to the Global War on Terror, to be published by Routledge. Among others, George teaches courses on 20th century U.S. history, American Indian history & policy, and transnational US history.  ​