In her talk, Anu Partanen discusses some surprising lessons the United States could learn from the successes
of Nordic countries.
Partanen, a journalist originally from Finland who is now an American citizen, dispels the myths surrounding
the Nordic nations and delves into the concrete ways the experiences of Nordic countries could help the
United States strengthen its own values of independence, diversity, freedom, and opportunity.
THE ICONIC AND THE EVERYDAY exhibition proposes an explicit condensed assertion of the contemporary presence and influence of Finnish design, industry and identity in the United States. Two exhibition displays are interwoven, each of which can be seen simultaneously as both “iconic” and “everyday” in character.
The exhibition ambition is to produce a composite understanding of the presence and strength of Finnish
architecture, design and industry in the lives of everyday Americans – and to benefit both nations’ mutual
appreciation and understanding.
THE ICONIC AND THE EVERYDAY is curated by Professor Peter MacKeith, Dean and Professor at the Fay
Jones School of Architecture and Design in the University of Arkansas. The exhibition designer is architect
No pre-registration needed. The Embassy of Finland is located on Embassy row, a 20-minute-walk from
Woodley park metro. Closest street parking can be found on Fulton Street, NW.
This event is part of the European Month of Culture (EUMC). Now in its fifth year, EUMC is a month-long festival of innovative and creative events for the American public highlighting the diverse cultures of all 28 European Union Member countries. Enjoy film, dance, music, theatre, exhibits, language classes, workshops and more in great venues throughout Washington DC. Most events are free! To see all EUMC events, click here.