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MAILED: March 22, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The sixth annual Symposium on East Europe will be held April 7-8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Jack Matlock, who was the U.S. ambassador during the collapse of the Soviet Union, will be the keynote speaker.
The free conference, titled "One Europe or Two?" will bring together experts to examine the economic, political and security dynamics of unification after the 50-year occupation of East Europe by the Soviet Union.
Except for the keynote address, Friday's Symposium events will take place in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall.
Friday's Symposium schedule includes:
  • 1:30 p.m., introductory remarks by Dr. Paulis Lazda, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire and co-chair of the Symposium. A welcome by William Nielsen, president of the Eau Claire City Council, and Dr. Susan Tarnowski, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UW-Eau Claire.

  • 1:45 p.m., "In Search of Place: The Baltic Borderlands in the 19th and 20th Century," by Andrejs Plakans, professor of history at Iowa State University. Plakans is past president of the Association of the Advancement of Baltic Studies and has written extensively on post-Soviet Estonia and Baltic history.

  • 2:30 p.m., "Latvia's Role in Stabilizing Northeastern Europe," by Imants Liegis, Latvia's ambassador to NATO in Brussels. He has practiced law at the Superior Court of England, served on the Baltic World Council in Europe and is a member of the diplomatic corps of Latvia. He also was Latvia's ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as well as envoy to NATO and the European Union.

  • 3:30 p.m., "Estonia, Scandinavia and Europe," by Toivo Raun, professor of history at Indiana University at Bloomington. He has traveled often to Estonia and was a visiting professor at the University of Tartu. He has written on post-Soviet Estonia and Baltic history.

  • 4:15 p.m., "The Future of Lithuania in Europe," by Darius Degutis, Charge d' Affaires of Lithuania in Washington D.C. Degutis serves in the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry heading the European Integration, representing his country in Denmark. He also serves as councilor and Lithuania's deputy chief of mission in Washington D.C.

  • 7 p.m., keynote address, Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center, "One Europe or Two?" by Jack Matlock, George F. Kennan professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University. A 35-year career diplomat, Matlock has served as special assistant to the president on security affairs and was the ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991. He is the author of "The Autopsy of an Empire," the account of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Saturday's Symposium events will take place in Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center:
  • 10 a.m., "One Europe or Four," by John Micgiel, professor of history at Columbia University. He was a visiting professor at the Estonian School of Diplomacy, Warsaw University's East European Center, Jagielonian University in Cracow Poland and New York University.

  • 10:45 a.m., "Hungary and European Integration," by Zoltan Barany, professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. Barany, a native of Hungary, has written extensively on East Europe, ethnic relations, politics and military affairs.

  • 1:30 p.m., panel discussion, "Perspectives and Prospects." Panelists include Barany, Degutis, Liegis, Matlock, Micgiel, Plakans and Raun. Dr. Walter Wussow, professor emeritus at UW-Eau Claire, will moderate the discussion.

The Symposium is funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support came from the UW-Eau Claire departments of history, political science and foreign languages; the UW-Eau Claire Foundation; Center for International Education; the College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education/UW-Extension; L.E. Phillips Memorial Library; and gifts from Dr. Karl Andresen, Dr. Carl Haywood, Dr. Jack Lauber, Dr. John Morris, Dr. Walter Wussow and Dr. Ronald Warloski, professors emeriti, and Dr. Thomas Grewe.
For more information, call Lazda at (715) 836-5501 or send him e-mail at

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Updated: March 22, 2000