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Posted on May 12, 2016

Pedejais Vilciens will perform at AABS conference dinner

The AABS conference dinner – Polka Party – will be held at the Philadelphia Society of Free Letts (531 N. 7th St, Philadelphia) on Friday, May 27. Join us for a traditional Latvian Cold Dinner Buffet by the Amber Table and music by “Pedejais Vilciens”. The party will be from 7pm to 12am – music, dinner and dessert are included. Beverages will be available at the onsite bar. A shuttle will be operating in an ongoing loop from the Sheraton at University City to the Society of Free Letts from 6:30pm until...

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Posted on May 11, 2016

Foreign Policy Research Institute’s new Baltic Bulletin

Interested in contemporary politics in the Baltic states? Come to Friday’s luncheon at the AABS conference to learn more about The Baltic Bulletin, a new publication from the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The Baltic Bulletin publishes articles written by scholars and experts on the Baltic region who are interested in reaching a broader audience.  Hosted by FPRI, the lunch is free but available first come, first served. For conference details, download the program in the left column of the AABS website’s home page. Download FPRI’s Baltic Bulletin information...

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Posted on May 9, 2016

AABS Conference Keynote by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will give the keynote address “International Order Under Strain: Implications for the Baltic Sea Region” at the AABS conference on Thursday, May 26. The keynote will be followed by a reception in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. For conference details, download the preliminary program in the left hand column on the AABS website’s home page....

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Posted on Apr 9, 2016

Film Festival at AABS 2016 Conference

Featuring six short films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Saturday, May 28, at 7:00. Screening at Slought, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3513 Series curator Jule Rozite is a film programmer from Latvia who received her film education in Glasgow, Scotland, and Vienna, Austria. She moved to New York in fall 2011. Rozite’s festival credits include the Glasgow Short Film Festival, the Stockholm Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.   Ten Minutes Older (Par desmit minūtēm vecāks), Herz Frank (Latvia, 1978), 10 min. Iconic Latvian documentarian, Herz Frank, captures all the emotions and joy that cinema can evoke by focusing solely on one young boy’s face during a show.   St. John’s Day (Jaanipäev), Andres Sööt (Estonia, 1978), 20 min. An insightful meditation on the loss of tradition during the stagnant Brezhnev years, filmed by Sööt on Midsummer’s Day in Tallinn.   Hare Krishna, Jonas Mekas (Lithuania/USA, 1966), 5 min. Jonas Mekas observes New York street culture and traditions by featuring a group of...

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Posted on Dec 30, 2015

Register for AABS 2016 in Philadelphia!

Global, Glocal, and Local: Distinction and Interconnection in the Baltic States University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, May 26-28, 2016 This conference will explore the independence, dependence, and interconnections of Baltic states, peoples, and communities across time and space in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. It will uncover the distinctive, hybrid, and globalized features of culture, politics, economics, history, language, and other aspects of life in the Baltic countries. Conference registration is now open. February 22 is the deadline for early-bird registration and hotel reservations. To stay in the dorm, follow the links in the registration prompts. To stay in the hotel, follow the link on the first page to the...

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Posted on Sep 27, 2015

Baltic Scholars Discuss “Traditions, Transitions, Transfers” in Marburg

The eleventh Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe took place in Marburg, Germany, from September 7-10, 2015. The host, the Herder Institute, and its partners, the Justus Liebig University of Gießen and the Philipps University of Marburg, welcomed 195 participants from seventeen countries to discuss “Traditions, Transitions, Transfers.” The opening event took place in the magnificent ballroom of the Landgraves castle, which sits on top of the mountain overlooking the medieval city and the valley of the Lahn River. The series of welcome addresses by Peter Haslinger, the director of the Herder Institute, Egon Vaupel, the mayor of Marburg, Benedikt Stuchtey, the dean of the Faculty of History at Marburg University, and Joybarto Mukherjee, the president of Gießen University, was interspersed with musical deliberations by Aivars Kalejs (piano) and the most delightful Martina Doehring (soprano) introducing and singing pieces by the composer of Baltic descent Ella von Schultz-Adaïewsky (1846-1926). Theodore Weeks of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale lifted spirits with his highly enjoyable keynote speech “On the Edge: The...

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