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Lecturer of the year

In 2006 Finlandia Foundation National (FFN), the premier network of Finnish-American organizations in the United States, introduced its Lecturer of the Year (LOY) program for the purpose of sharing the history and culture of Finland and Finnish America with audiences across the U.S.

Since its inception, FFN chapters have hosted LOY on topics ranging from the Winter War to Jean Sibelius, the architecture of the Saarinens, and folk music traditions.

2024 LOY Hanna Pylväinen

Author Hanna Pylväinen is the 2024 Lecturer of the Year. 

Her novel The End of Drum-Time is set in the 1851 world of Sámi reindeer herders, religion, beliefs, faith and love. The 2023 finalist for the National Book Award for fiction is called “an extraordinary feat of research and imagination.” 

Click button below for a bit of information about Hanna. Details about booking her appearances will be coming soon. Click here for Hanna’s website.


Suzanne Matson

Finlandia Foundation National is pleased to announce Suzanne Matson as Lecturer of the Year.


In 2006 Finlandia Foundation National introduced its Lecturer of the Year program featuring experts on a variety of topics related to Finland and Finnish America.