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Book launch event for Anu Partanen's The Nordic Theory of Everything • New America Foundation, New York City

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Leland Stowe Memorial Lecture

Anu will be delivering the Leland Stowe Memorial Lecture at the University of Michigan LSA Honors Program on February 3, 2020.

The lecture celebrates the best in journalism, broadly understood. Stowe was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1930 and one of the early American journalists to raise concerns about Hitler’s rise to power. During World War II, he was a war correspondent. He was a Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan 1956–1969 and died in 1994.

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


November 25, 2019 (Mon), 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. – Berkeley, California

Berkeley Haas Center For Responsible Business & Nordic Council of Ministers

Talk & discussion: "Nordic Parental Leaves: Inspiration for California?"

Location: Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum (6th Floor), Chou Hall, UC Berkeley
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720

Info & registration


February 3, 2020 (Mon), 4 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Leland Stowe Memorial Lecture
University of Michigan, LSA Honors Program

Location: Rackham Amphitheater
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

 

Event Videos

Watch "The Nordic Theory of Everything" book launch event and panel discussion at the New America Foundation in New York City

Watch Anu Partanen discuss "The Nordic Theory of Everything" at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon

Event Photos

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The Future of the Welfare State with Owen Jones, Anu Partanen, and Ann Selin; SAK, Helsinki

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Book launch event, New America Foundation, New York City

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Book launch event, New America Foundation, New York City

Anu Partanen Finland

Finnish edition launch event, Helsinki

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Politics & Prose, Washington D.C.

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Politics & Prose, Washington D.C.

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Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Past Events


March 10, 2019 (Sun), 5:30 p.m. – Austin, Texas

SXSW 2019

Cities, Government & Politics Track

Focus 15 Session: “The Nordic Theory of Everything”

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 400–402, 500 E 4th St.


December 12, 2018 (Thu), 1 p.m. – Helsinki

The University of Helsinki ThinkFest: The Future of Finland’s Higher Education

Location: 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


November 28, 2018 (Wed), 1 p.m. – Helsinki

Design Forum Talk: Design, Value, and Meaning

Location: 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

Location: 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

Location: 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

Location: 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

Location: 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 House14700 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 Montpelier130 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 Library135 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

Location: Savoy-teatteriKasarminkatu 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 MinnesotaFolwell Hall, 9 Pleasant St. SE  (map)

Talk: "The Nordic Theory of Everything"


October 6, 2016 (Thu), 7:00 p.m. – St. Paul, MN

SubText Books6 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”

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