Virtual Baltic Studies Teaching and Learning Workshop Held by Wingate University

May 4, 2021

On Saturday, April 17th, the first Baltic Studies Teaching and Learning Workshop, was held via Zoom. Though initially scheduled as an in-person event at Wingate University, Wingate, NC, continuing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the workshop online.

The workshop was aimed at Baltic scholars primarily residing in the American South. Participants included incoming AABS President-elect Dovile Budryte, current board member Ausra Park, former board member Kara Brown, former ABBS student representative Jordan Kuck, and founding AABS member Olavi Arens, among others.

Working papers, book chapters, creative projects, and book proposals were among the types of research reviewed. The participants brought a wide-range of expertise in the disciplines of political science, history, communications, education, and pedagogy. Aimee Herring, a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, presented her research on audio storytelling in Lithuania with Lithuanian journalist Vaida Pilibaityte. She noted of the workshop: “I found participating in the Baltic Studies workshop a wonderful experience: collegial and informative, and a great opportunity to meet others who share similar research interests. I can’t wait to participate in something similar again.”

Aimee Herring, a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, presented her research on audio storytelling in Lithuania with Lithuanian journalist Vaida Pilibaityte.

 Other participants included Barbara Tedrow, a Fulbright scholar with ties to Lithuania, and Allison Vas, a graduate student at Columbia University who researches Estonian education reform.

The workshop was organized and hosted by Joseph M. Ellis, Associate Professor and Chair, in the Department of History and Political Science, at Wingate University. Ellis is a former VP for Conferences for AABS, and currently serves as an advisor to the Board.

Journal of Baltic Studies 52-2 Available Now

The second 2021 issue of Journal of Baltic Studies (Vol 52, Issue 2) is now available online. The issue contains articles on the contradictions between regulations and reality on consensual relations between German soldiers and Latvian women during World War II; history, trauma, and narrative perspective in A Woman in Amber by Agate Nesaule; Soviet-era design elements at Tammsaare Park in Tallinn, Estonia; changes and adjustment in the foreign policy of Lithuania during Dalia Grybauskaitė’s presidency; the transformation of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the Baltic countries; and the 2020 parliamentary elections in Lithuania. The issue also includes three book reviews and a list of recently published Baltic titles.