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23rd Assoc for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) conference

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23rd Assoc for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) conference (April 26-28, 2012 @ UIC)
The 23rd biannual Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) conference will begin at 12 Noon on April 26 and will continue through April 28, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

We invite AABS 2012 conference presenters and attendees to register BY FEBRUARY 1, 2012 to take advantage of the discounted registration fee.
http://aabs2012earlyregistration.eventbrite.com/ Everyone is invited to the conference and its events, though AABS members receive a member discount. 

Conference organizers are seeking donors, sponsors, and advertisers (publishers and others). If you publish works on Eastern Europe and Baltic countries, AABS  conference attendees are a good audience. /If you or someone you know would like to be a sponsor, donations are U.S. tax deductible, please see the attached form./

For links to  accommodation and other conference information, and the Facebook page, go to: http://depts.washington.edu/aabs/chicago-conf-2012.html

Previous AABS conference were held in various other N. American cities (eg. Baltimore, Minneapolis, Montreal, Seattle, Toronto, Washington, D.C.). We are expecting more than 200 attendees from more than 15 countries at the Chicago conference (from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland,France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden,U.S.A., and other countries). The president of AABS (2010-2012) is Vėjas Liulevičius (University of Tennessee). The 23rd biannual AABS Conference Chair is University of Illinois at Chicago professor, Giedrius Subačius.

Concurrent sessions will vary by subject matter: business and economics, politics, history, linguistics, literature…The concurrent session timetable, cultural and networking programs are still being developed, as are various other conference details.

Ambassadors to the United States, Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Žygimantas Pavilionis (Lithuania) and Andrejs Pildegovics (Latvia) have accepted the invitation to participate in a roundtable plenary session discussion about globalization and the Baltic countries in the next 20 years.
Dr. Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, an economist and a member of Latvia’s Parliament, will address the topic of the current economic crisis in the Baltic countries.
Linguist and translator, Università di Pisa professor, Dr. Pietro U. Dini, will discuss how Renaissance Europe looked at Baltic languages and the Baltic peoples (his most recent book in Italian is entitled ,,Aliletoescvr: linguistica baltica delle origini”, published in Livorno by Books & Co.)
An invitation has also been extended to Senator Richard Durbin (IL) and a response is being awaited.We hope to see you at the conference!2012 AABS Local Arrangements Committee, aabsconfinfochicago@aabs.com