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Attend a Conference on Baltic countries and their diasporic communities, Sept. 16-19th in Toronto


Baltic Heritage Network and Estonian Studies Centre/VEMU present “Memory Institutions and Diasporas: Roles and Responsibilities” Conference in Toronto

On September 16-19th, 2015 BaltHerNet will host its first North American conference in Toronto. This event, which will be organized in partnership with Estonian Studies Centre/VEMU will take place at Tartu College (310 Bloor St West, Toronto). On September 19th there will be a special program featuring Dr. Vello Soots` Memorial Lecture given by Prof. Thomas Salumets (University of  British Columbia) on the topic “Sophisticated Simplicity. Arvo Pärt, Gerhard Richter, and Jaan Kaplinski” and the opening of he exhibition “Touch of Arsenic. Sketching the past by Arne Roosman”.


Participants of the conference are the memory institutions of the diaspora communities (archives, libraries, museums), representatives of cultural and other organizations, and professionals associated with memory institutions in the homelands and the countries of settlement (Canada, USA). Although BaltHerNet and VEMU are dealing first and foremost with the history and heritage of Baltic countries and their diasporic communities, this time we also encouraged representatives of other ethnic groups in Canada and USA to participate in the event. We liked to include the experiences of those diverse groups who have been living together in the vibrant multicultural environment for centuries and to put our future plans into broader perspective.


Speakers of the conference include representatives from various Baltic diaspora communities, including editor-in-chief of Teviskes Ziburiai Lithuanian Weekly Newspaper Ramune Jonaitis, and Dani Breen of Lithuanian Museum Archives of Canada, as well as scholars from various Canadian and American universities.

Topics of Interest

Presentations and talks will be on the following topics: the roles and responsibilities of diaspora communities and their memory institutions toward the preservation of memory, identity, history and heritage; support on the part of countries of origin and countries of settlement toward the preservation of memory, identity, and historical heritage, cooperation and networking; academic research and its popularization; valorization and preservation of language; educational programming as a guarantee of sustainability; cultural exchange and mediation; national cultural and economic agencies in countries of settlement as supporters of diasporas. The full conference program can be found at vemu.ca


The conference is free to attend. For more information visit vemu.ca or email piretnoorhani@gmail.com

Estų studijų centras, Estų išeivijos muziejus (VEMU) ir ‟Baltic Heritage Network” rengia konferenciją Toronte

Estų studijų centras, Estų išeivijos muziejus (VEMU) ir ‟Baltic Heritage Network” rengia konferenciją Toronte š.m. rugsėjo 16-19 d.d. Tartu College (310 Bloor St. West). Paskaitų temos (pristatomos angliškai) – išeivijos bendruomenių bei institucijų atsakomybės ir pareigos išlaikant savo tautinę tapatybę, atmintį ir istoriją.

Apie lietuvių išeivijos institucijas kalbės TŽ redaktorė Ramūnė Jonaitienė ir KLMA vedėja Danguolė Breen.

Programa – tinklalapyje vemu.ca. Įėjimas nemokamas. Kviečiama organizatoriams palengvinti darbą registruojantis tel. 416-925-9405 arba el. paštu piretnoorhani@gmail.com.


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