Baltic Studies

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Affiliate Professor
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Affiliate Assistant Professor
Affiliate Assistant Professor
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Graduate Student, Estonian TA, Swedish TA
Kazickas Family Endowed Professor in Baltic Studies; Associate Professor of Baltic Studies; Head, Baltic Studies Program
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Visiting Lecturer of Latvian


Publications, Essays



Title Date Time Location
The Seattle May 17 2:00pm Seattle Central Library
The Merry Baker of Riga
Boris Zemtzov
May 6 2:30am to 3:30am Savery Hall 132
Landscapes of Estonia
Robert Smurr
Apr 9 1:30pm Savery Hall 136
Discussion on NATO, Russia, and 21st Century Atlanticism
Mr. Tanel Sepp
Feb 20 11:30am Communications Building, Room 218d


Title Date Time Location
Finnish Folk Fiddling Legends: Arto and Antti Järvelä in Concert Dec 13 7:30pm Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall
2014 Undergraduate Orientation Sessions
Ia Dübois
Nov 5 9:30am to 11:30am HUB 340
St. Martin’s Eve Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Way Oct 25 6:00pm Latvian Hall
Study Abrod Fair Oct 23 10:00am to 2:00pm HUB Ballroom
Energy Security in new European Union member states
Agnia Grigas
May 7 7:00pm Savery Hall Room 264
Military Security of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
Glen Grant
Apr 23 7:00pm to 9:00pm Savery Hall Room 264
Nordic and Baltic Book Lust Series Presents Guntis Šmidchens
Guntis Šmidchens
Feb 11 7:00pm


Title Date Time Location
Scandinavian Studies Summer Celebration Jun 7 9:30am to 11:20am Haggett Hall Cascade Room
Book Reading and Signing
Aldis Purs
Feb 26 7:00pm University Bookstore
To Transform Ourselves: Lithuania Looks at the Holocaust
Ellen Cassedy
Feb 12 7:00pm University of Washington Bookstore
To Transform Ourselves: Lithuania Looks at the Holocaust
Ellen Cassedy
Feb 12 12:30pm Denny Hall, Room 312
Bad Art Makes Good - Adventures in Thinking and Making Feb 7 6:00pm to 9:00pm Nordic Heritage Musuem
History Unfolding: Sajudis and Lithuania's Independence Movement, 1987-1991
Alfred Erich Senn
Feb 7 12:30pm Denny Hall, Room 312
New Perspectives on Antanas Smetona and the History of Lithuania
Alfred Erich Senn
Feb 5 12:30pm Denny Hall, Room 312


Title Date Time Location
Nineteenth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 4 to Jul 13 University of Pittsburgh
Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference Apr 26 8:00am
Two lectures: Estonia’s foreign relations, 1991-2012; Estonia’s Foreign Relations Today
Marko Mihkelson, Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia), Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee
Feb 27


Title Date Time Location
Lithuanian Culture at the Central Library Dec 3 1:00pm
Latvia: Dilemmas of Change Twenty Years after the End of USSR
Ivars Ījabs
Nov 18 8:30am
Baltic Studies Roundtable Oct 27
St. Martin's Eve - Baltic Program Benefit Oct 22 6:00pm
Eighteenth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 13 to Aug 5 University of Wisconsin, Madison
Baltic Studies Roundtable
Rasa Baločkaitė (Visiting Fulbright Scholar, UC Berkeley)
Jun 6
Leading Latvian Playwright Māra Zālīte Visits May 18 10:30am
Two Lectures
Elizabeth Novickas, Translator
May 9 to May 10
Translating Žemaitė
Violeta Kelertas and Maryte Račys, 2011 Kellogg Fellows
May 2 to May 3
Baltic Studies Roundtable Feb 25


Title Date Time Location
Baltic Studies Roundtable Dec 3
St. Martin's Eve Celebration & Fundraiser Oct 23 6:00pm
Seventeenth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 14 to Aug 6 University of Wisconsin, Madison
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Apr 22 to Apr 24
UW Chorale (Professor Giselle Wyers) and UW Chamber Singers (Professor Geoffrey Boers) concert tour to Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia and Riga, Latvia Mar 20 to Mar 24


Title Date Time Location
Nordic-Baltic Oak Grove Ceremonial Planting Sep 26 12:00pm Parrington Lawn, University of Washington Seattle Campus
West Coast Estonian Days Aug 26 to Aug 30
Sixteenth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 14 to Aug 6 University of Wisconsin, Madison
Baltic Communities Photo Documentation Jun 1 to Aug 31
Valdis Zatlers May 18 11:30am
Valdis Zatlers, President of the Republic of Latvia
May 18


Title Date Time Location
The Baltic Region as a German Borderland in World War I and its Aftermath
Vejas Liulevicius, University of Tennessee
Nov 7
Fifteenth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 23 to Aug 15 University of California, Los Angeles
Baltic Studies Roundtable May 9
Exhibit of photos from Latvia
Elizabeth Celms, UW Baltic Studies Program graduate
Jan 18 Starlife on the Oasis
Visiting Scholar Seminars
Violeta Kelertas, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jan 1


Title Date Time Location
Fire and Erotica: Aspects of Aspazija's The Silver Veil
Banuta Rubess (D.Phil, Oxford University; Director and Author in Canada and Latvia
Nov 15
So You Want a Revolution: Aspazija and her Pen
Banuta Rubess (D.Phil, Oxford University; Director and Author in Canada and Latvia
Nov 14
Martin's Night Celebration Oct 27
Three concert-lectures
Latvian World Music group, Iļģi
Oct 1 to Oct 2
Careers with the US Department of State
Allie Almero (UW graduate and current Office Management Specialist at the American Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania)
Jul 19
Fourteenth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 23 to Aug 15 University of California, Los Angeles
Live Webcast
Vaira Vīķe Freiberga, President of Latvia
May 3
Latvia in the Common European Educational Space
Baiba Rivža (Minister for Education and Science, Republic of Latvia)
Apr 18
Two Lectures:  "USA-Nordic Relations" and "USA-Baltic Relations"
Victoria Middleton (Director, Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs, US Department of State)
Feb 15


Title Date Time Location
Estonian-Russian Relations in the early 1990s
Marc Hyman (Cascadia Community College, former Editor of Baltic Observer)
Nov 27
An American student in the USSR, 1961: My trip to Soviet Latvia
Vaira Christopher
Nov 15
Latvians in the Russian Federation Today
Lauma Vlasova (President, Latvian Association in the Russian Federation)
Nov 13
Documenting the Lives of Lithuanian Deportees: Report on Summer 2006 group fieldwork in Siberia
Ieva Butkute (University of Washington)
Oct 30
State-Sponsored Tourism Programs and Nation-Building in 1930s Latvia
Aldis Purs (University of Manchester)
Oct 16
Thirteenth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 16 to Aug 11 Indiana University, Bloomington
Orphans of the Great War and Revolution, Wards of a New State: The Experiences of a Cohort of Latvian Children 1914 to 1927 and Beyond
Aldis Purs (University of Manchester)
May 30
Development of the Baltic Economies in European Perspective
Evelin Lehis (World Bank)
May 24
Resilience and Survival in the Letters of a Latvian Deportee
Marisa Way-Rogainis
Apr 20
Latvian folklore group
Apr 19
The Future of the Past in the Baltic States
Violeta Davoliūtė (University of Toronto, Kaunas University)
Mar 14


Title Date Time Location
Tomas Venclova Dec 8 1:40pm
On Cultural Mythologies of Vilnius
Tomas Venclova (Yale University)
Dec 8
Poetry reading: Readings from Winter Dialogue (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1999)
Tomas Venclova (Yale University)
Dec 8
Across Cultures Videoconference with Businesswomen in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius Dec 1
Ivars Lacis Sep 30 7:45pm
The University of Latvia after European Union Enlargement
Professor Ivars Lācis (Rector, University of Latvia)
Sep 30
Aigars Kalvītis, Prime Minister of Latvia
Aug 10
Twelfth Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 17 to Aug 12 Indiana University, Bloomington
UW Chamber Singers concert tour in the Baltic Jun 9 to Jun 20
Integration of Society in Latvia Today
Ainars Latkovskis (Minister for Special Assignments for Society Integration Affairs, Republic of Latvia)
May 26
The US-North European Partnership: Advancing Democracy beyond the Baltics
Mark Evans (US Department of State, Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs)
May 26
Celebrating the gift by the Kazickas Family Foundation May 19
The Norilsk Prisoners' Revolt: Personal Memories
Vytautas Švagždys (Survivor of Siberian deportation and the Norilsk prisoners revolt)
Apr 21
Baltic Music Program on Saint Paul Sunday
Seattle Chamber Players
Apr 10
The Anesthesiologists Revolt in Latvia, October 2004
Pēteris Tomiņš (Latvian Medical Academy; Vice President, Latvian Anesthesiologists Association)
Mar 8
Transatlantic Relations, ESDP, and NATO: Estonia's Contemporary Foreign Policy Successes and Challenges
Christian-Marc Lifländer (Defense Counselor, Embassy of Estonia to the USA)
Mar 7
Disarmed Baltic National Heroes at the Turn of the Millennium: Kalevipoeg, Bearslayer and Mindaugas
Guntis Šmidchens (University of Washington)
Mar 6
Sustainable Environment in Estonia
Carol Trenga (UW Environmental Health)
Mar 2
Two lectures:  "Russian media in Latvia Today" and "Jews and Latvians in the 20th and 21st Century"
Frank Gordon (Gordon Efrayim)
Feb 22
EU Enlargement and the Baltic
Ian Lasas (University of Washington)
Feb 14
Globalization of Business in Latvia
Daila Taurīte (Europharm Veterinary Pharmacy Center, Latvia)
Feb 2
Alcoholism Education in Lithuania
Andrea Kovalesky (UW Bothell School of Nursing)
Jan 24
Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian Chamber Music
Seattle Chamber Players
Jan 9 Nordstrom Auditorium, Benaroya Hall


Title Date Time Location
Performance at Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society
UW Chamber Singers
Nov 12
Estonian Men's Choir Revalia Oct 28
Baltic Festival at the Seattle Latvian Center Oct 23
Currents in Baltic Music
Elizabeth Wilson, Musicologist and Cellist, Xenia Ensemble.
Aug 19
Festival of Estonian Animated Film Aug 13 to Aug 16
Concert of Baltic Piano Music
Dainius and Asta Vaicekonis
Aug 9
Symposium: Images of America in the Baltic Aug 4
Symposium on Methods and Materials of Baltic Language Teaching Aug 3
Symposium, Images of America in the Baltic Aug 2
Does it Look Like Happiness (2003) Jul 30
Seattle Chamber Players Jul 29
Student Research Symposium Jul 29
Images of America in the Baltic: “Does it Look Like Happiness” (2003) Jul 26
Choral Music in the Baltic
Vance Wolverton (California State U, Fullerton)
Jul 12
Concert of Baltic Organ Music
Peggy Wolverton
Jul 12 University Presbyterian Church
University of Washington Alumni Association Baltic Sea Cruise Jul 8 to Jul 20
Eleventh Annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute Jun 21 to Aug 20
The Baltic in the 21st Century Apr 23
Meeting and Lecture
Vygaudas Ušackas, Ambassador of Lithuania to the USA
Feb 6
Icebreaker II: Baltic Voices
Paul Taub and Elena Dubinets, Seattle Chamber Players
Jan 26