Events

Anu Partanen speaks frequently about topics related to her book The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, both internationally and in the United States.



Upcoming Events

December 12, 2018 (Thu), 1 p.m. – Helsinki
The University of Helsinki ThinkFest: The Future of Finland’s Higher Education
Think Corner
Anu hosts a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing Finland’s universities with former President of Finland Tarja Halonen, University of Helsinki rector Jari Niemelä, and president of Akava Students, Henna Pursiainen

March 8-11, 2019 (date TBA) – Austin, Texas
SXSW 2019 Cities, Government & Politics Track
Location TBA
Focus 15 Session: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”


Recent Events

November 28, 2018 (Wed), 1 p.m. – Helsinki
Design Forum Talk: Design, Value, and Meaning
Valkoinen sali
Talk: “In Search of a Better Life”

November 15, 2018 (Thu), 5 p.m. – Helsinki
Smart as Hel: The World Needs a Lesson
Think Corner
Anu hosts a panel discussion on Finland’s contributions to solving the global education crisis with UNESCO professors Arto Kallioniemi and Hannele Niemi from the University of Helsinki, Member of the Parliament and founder of Hei Schools Pilvi Torsti and Chief Specialist in Education Export Marianne Huusko from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

October 20, 2018 (Sat), 9 a.m. – Helsinki
Global Shapers Nordic Summit: Future of the Nordic Region
Hanaholmen
Panel discussion on the Nordic social model with Paula Laine of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Kamilla Sultanova of Global Dignity Finland

October 9, 2018 (Tue), 1 p.m. – Helsinki
Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health SOSTE Conference
Tennispalatsi
Keynote: “Freedom, future, and the welfare state”

October 6, 2018 (Sat), 9 a.m. – Helsinki
Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK: Future Today Event

Paasitorni
Panel discussion on the future of the welfare state with the British journalist and book author Owen Jones and Service Union United PAM president Ann Selin

January 16, 2018  (Tue) 7 p.m. – New York City
They Know Not What They Do—book launch and discussion with author Jussi Valtonen
Scandinavia House
Discussion with the Finnish author Jussi Valtonen and translator Kristian London

January 10, 2018 (Wed), 7 p.m. – Seattle, WA
Kane Hall
University of Washington
4069 Spokane Ln (map)
Talk: The Nordic Theory of Everything

November 5, 2017 (Sun), 2 p.m. – Chicago, IL
Chicago Estonian House
14700 Estonian Ln, Riverwoods (map)
Talk: The Nordic Theory of Everything

November 2, 2017 (Thu), 9 a.m. – New York City
NationSwell Summit
IAC Building, 555 W 18th St (map)
Discussion: The Well-Lived Life

October 27, 2017 (Fri), 6 p.m. – Montpelier, VT
Unitarian Church of Montpelier
130 Main St.  (map)
Panel discussion on public policy with VT Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, Mark A. Hughes of Justice For All, Joan Javier-Duval, and Kate Logan and Isaac Grimm of Rights & Democracy VT

October 27, 2017 (Fri), 10:15 a.m. – Montpelier, VT
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library
135 Main St.  (map)
A conversation with VTDigger Senior Editor Mark Johnson: Comparing American and Nordic Societies – from Health Care to Childcare 

October 26, 2017 (Thu), 7 p.m. – Burlington, VT
University of Vermont Davis Center
590 Main St. (map)
Talk: The Nordic Theory of Everything & panel discussion with Vermont legislators

July 13, 2017 (Thu), 1:15 p.m. – New York City
United Nations Headquarters, Conference Building
First Avenue & 45th Street, New York
Panel Discussion: Why Should Babies Sleep in Cardboard Boxes – National Tools for Maternity Protection

June 5, 2017 (Mon), 2:30 p.m. – Bohemia, NY
Connetquot Public Library
760 Ocean Avenue (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

May 20, 2017 (Sat), 11:30 a.m. – Washington, DC
Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Ave NW (map)
The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America
Talk: The Nordic Theory of Everything

March 11, 2017 (Sat), 1:15 p.m. – London, UK
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London (map)
Gender Equality in the Nordics

March 11, 2017 (Sat), 11:30 a.m. – London, UK
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London (map)
WOW Bites Go Nordic

March 8, 2017 (Wed), 6:30 p.m. – London, UK
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London (map)
Women’s Day at WOW

January 18, 2017 (Wed), 7:00 p.m. – Helsinki
Savoy-teatteri
Kasarminkatu 46-48 (map)
Kirja-Suomi 2017: Kirja vieköön!

January 14, 2017 (Sat), 4 p.m. – London, UK
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London (map)
Panel Discussion: “How Do You Say ‘Gender Equality’ in Faroese?”

November 17, 2016 (Thu), 9:45 a.m. – Helsinki
Creating International Business Concepts Conference
Finlandia Hall (map)
Talk: “How Nordic Strengths Can Lead to International Success”

October 24, 2016 (Mon), 1:50 p.m. – New York City
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Pkwy, Queens (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

October 23, 2016 (Sun), 3:00 p.m. – Newton, MA
Scandinavian Cultural Center
206 Waltham St (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

October 7, 2016 (Fri), 5:30 p.m. – Minneapolis, MN
Danish American Center
3030 West River Parkway South  (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

October 7, 2016 (Fri), 2:30 p.m. – Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant St. SE  (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything

October 6, 2016 (Thu), 7:00 p.m. – St. Paul, MN
SubText Books
6 West Fifth Street (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

September 29, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – New York City
The Future of Learning and EdTech
173 Varick Street (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

September 19, 2016, 12:30 p.m. – New York City
Centre for Social Innovation
601 W 26th Street (map)
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

August 30, 2016 – Bar Harbor, ME
Jesup Memorial Library, in co-operation with Sherman’s Books
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

August 19, 2016 – Belfast, ME
Left Bank Books
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

August 16, 2016 – Damariscotta, ME
Maine Coast Book Shop
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

August 15, 2016 – Portland, ME
Sherman’s Books
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

August 8, 2016 – New York City
Mid-Manhattan Library
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

August 4, 2016 – Boston, MA
Harvard Book Store
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

July 19, 2016 – Seattle, WA
The Elliott Bay Book Company
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

July 18, 2016 – Portland, OR
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

July 16, 2016 – Berkeley, CA
Books Inc.
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

July 15, 2016 – San Francisco, CA
Book Passage, Corte Madera, Marin County
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

July 11, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA
Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

July 9, 2016 – Washington, DC
Politics & Prose
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

June 30, 2016 – New York City
New America Foundation
Panel discussion: “Gross National Happiness: The Nordic Search for a Better Life,” with Sanjay Reddy, Liza Mundy, & Lew Daly

June 28, 2016 – New York City
Scandinavia House
Talk: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

June 6, 2016 – Tampere, Finland
Institutions in Context Workshop: The Role of Money in Politics
North American Studies Program, University of Tampere 
Presentation: “Welfare or Wellbeing State? Public Perceptions of Government, Taxes, Money and Whom It All Serves”

April 17, 2015 – Boston
Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics
Panel discussion: “Social Policies & Health Care: Lessons from the Nordic Welfare Model”

October 20, 2014 – New York City
The Woman Who Borrowed Memories — a book launch and discussion on the legacy of the author Tove Jansson
Moderating a panel discussion with the American author Kathryn Davis and Finnish author Philip Teir

September 9, 2014 – New York City
Event celebrating Finland’s Guest of Honor role at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Talk: “Finnish Literature Now”

June 17, 2013 – Philadelphia
City Council Public Hearing on Best Practices in Education
Talk: “Finland’s Education System”

April 7, 2013 – Boston
The Power of Narrative Conference at Boston University
Moderating a panel discussion: “How to Sell Stories in Multiple Media: Freelance 101” with Charles Homans, executive editor of The Atavist, and Jina Moore, freelance journalist

March 25, 2013 – Birmingham, Alabama
Alabama Education Association Professional Development Conference
Talk: “Finland’s Education Success Story”

October 4-5, 2012 — Shaker Heights, Ohio
Hathaway Brown Education Innovation Summit
Talk: “Finland’s Education Success Story”

June 28, 2012 — Atlanta
Georgia Forward Education Summit
Keynote speech: “Finland’s Education Success Story”

April 30, 2012 — Washington D.C.
Parenting Magazine Mom Congress
Panel discussion: “International Approaches to Education”