University of Helsinki participates in Helsinki Pride week with panel discussion and book exhibit

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Last year Helsinki University Library took part to the Helsinki Pride for the first time and organized a book exhibit about LGBTQ studies and a panel discussion in Kaisa House with huge success.

This year the library joins forces with the University of Helsinki’s equality and diversity committee and organizes Pride: Change is Coming – Different Voices! panel discussion in a more spacious venue at Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4) on June 27th starting on 3 pm. The event will be opened by the Vice-Rector Tom Böhling and the opening speech given by the President Tarja Halonen. This year’s speakers for the panel are medical (MD/PhD) student and the chairperson of Seta Sakris Kupila, senior lecture of sociology of education and senior researcher Jukka Lehtonen, the Vice-Rector of The University of Helsinki Tom Böhling and a spokesperson for transgender people and a sociology student Hippu Helminen, who identifies as a non-binary person.

The themes of this year’s panel discussion are gender and sexual diversity among others.

The event will be held in Finnish, but the audience has a possibility to pose questions also in English.

Event program:

  • At 15.00 Opening words, Vice-Rector Tom Böhling
  • At 15.05 YL Male Voice Choir
  • At 15.15 Speech by President Tarja Halonen
  • At 15.25 Hooray for equality and diversity and for Pride’s 50th anniversary!
  • At 15.26 Pride: Change is Coming – Different Voices! panel discussion
  • At 16.20 YL Male Voice Choir
  • At 16.29 Ending of the event, Böhling

Facebook event for Pride: Change is Coming – Different Voices!
Facebook event for Pride week at University of Helsinki

The Uni­versity of Helsinki to par­ti­cip­ate in the Pride parade for the first time

Pride – 50 years of movement book exhibit in Kaisa House 24.6.-5.7.

Pride 50 years of movement book exhibit presents LGBTQ themed material from Helsinki University Library’s collections. The Exhibit is on display from the beginning of Helsinki Pride week June 24th until July 5th in Kaisa House’s Guidance Corner which is located on the 3rd floor.

This year’s themes for the exhibit are gender and sexual diversity and the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement.

You can browse the books on the spot in comfortable armchairs or borrow for summer reading, because all the material, except for journals, is available for loan.