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Tenth Annual Symposium on East Europe Set
for April 7-8 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: March 31, 2006

map of Eastern Europe and its neighbors
Cartographer: Gene Leisz, UW-Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE — The tenth annual symposium on Eastern Europe will be held Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The free conference is titled " East Europe and Its Neighbors."

Two years after the accession of the newly independent countries into the European Union and acceptance into NATO, history has not ended for East Europe. There are new opportunities and responsibilities. Its neighbors, near and far, cajole, insist and threaten. The symposium will offer retrospectives, analysis and perspectives by eight diplomats and academics who are both shapers of policy and scholars of the area.

Friday's events will run from 1 to 9 p.m. and will take place in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall. They include the following:

  • 1 p.m. - Introductory remarks by Paulis Lazda, professor of history and symposium co-chair. Welcome by Donald Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Andreas Adahl
    Dr. Andreas Adahl
    1:15 p.m. - Opening Address: "The Development of Relations Between Latvia and Sweden from Independence to the Twenty-First Century: Some Features," presented by Andreas Adahl, ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former ambassador of Sweden to Latvia.
  • 2 p.m. - " Latvia and its Neighbors," presented by Maris Riekstinš, ambassador of Latvia to the United States.
  • 3 p.m. - "Lithuania's Input in Building a Europe Whole and Free," presented by Kornelija Juraitiene, deputy chief of Mission of Lithuania.
  • 3:45 p.m. " Georgia Joining the All European Family: Prospects and Reality," presented by Teimuraz Papaskiri, professor of history, Tblisi State University, Georgia.
  • 7 p.m. - Keynote address: "Bridge or Wall? The Uncertain Future of Countries Between Russia and the West," presented by Paul Goble, Concordia-Audentes University, Estonia, former special adviser to the secretary of state on Soviet nationalities problems and Baltic Affairs.
  • 8 p.m. - Reception

Saturday's Symposium events run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will be held in Davies Theatre, Davies Center. They include the following:

  • 10 a.m. - "Integration and Isolation: Estonia and Russia," presented by Juri Luik, ambassador of Estonia to the United States.
  • 11a.m. - "New Government, Old Policy: Poland's Strange Solidarity With the Bush Foreign Policy," presented by Raymond Taras, professor of political science, Tulane University.
  • 11:45 a.m. - "Culture Wars in the European Union-East and West: What Integration? For What?" presented by Andrzej Bryk, professor of philosophy and political science, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.
  • 2:30-4 p.m. - Panel Discussion with Adahl, Bryk, Goble, Jurgaitiene, Luik, Papaskiri, Riekstins and Taras. Panelists will take questions from the audience. Moderator: Steven Majstorovic, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of political science and symposium co-chair.

The symposium is sponsored by the departments of history, political science and foreign languages; the Russian and East European Area Studies Program; UW-Eau Claire Learning and Technology Services and the Office of Continuing Education; UW-Madison Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia and the Center for European Studies, both of which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center (Title VI); and the generous support of the Friends of the Symposium.

For more information, contact Lazda, at (715) 836-4735 or



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