A place that brings liberal arts and sciences within the reach of everybody. That’s the new Think Corner, which opens to the public on 22 October.
The grand opening was preceded by a Think Corner open night on 20 September, when the party went on to midnight - City of Helsinki said.
“The doors and thoughts are open to everybody interested in liberal arts and sciences, from toddler to grandpa: we welcome children and stay-at-home moms, schools, working people, students, seniors and tourists,” says marketing managerTanja Paananenof the University of Helsinki.
Think Corner is located in the former University administrative building, which has been renovated and partially rebuilt for completely new uses. Previously Think Corner operated in a pop-up space on Aleksanterinkatu and in the Porthania academic building. The feedback has been good from the very beginning, so the University has wanted to continue the activity.
“We now have space on three floors. Visitors can come here for coffee or lunch, to study or to work either by themselves or with others. They can book meeting rooms and event space, and they can attend various events,” Paananen says.
Make the space your own
Don’t be shy.
“You’re welcome just as you are, and you can make the space your own. You can be seen and heard. We’re hoping that people will move on from here enriched by at least one valuable thought.”
Think Corner will host about 200 events during the autumn season. One series of events will explore phenomena related to nations and their roles, ranging from nationalism to cyber warfare.
“We don’t speak about lectures, because our events are strongly marked by participation, hands-on approaches and interaction. Our events won’t be just PowerPoint presentations. We want to make Think Corner a place for the most interesting discussions of the city from all of Finland and the rest of the world. We will also be showing to the audiences what kind of top research is conducted both here at the University and in the world, and what impacts liberal arts and sciences have,” Paananen asserts.
The tenants of the renovated building will include the City of Helsinki’s and the University of Helsinki’s joint entrepreneur society Helsinki Think Company and the software company Reaktor.
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