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Every language is beautiful, if it's special to you. And an avenue into a culture in which you feel good. It could be the language of your childhood, the language of those dear to you and/or the language(s) that you associate with something intrinsically yours. A language that speaks to you, works for you and fits you, IS (at least a part of) you. Or something you want to be closer to. What makes this attachment hard, is if you can't speak a language you enjoy as much or as often as you'd like. And it loses its ease. Like when you haven't skied in a really long time or even stretched. And you have to work on it. 
As of February 24, 2012, Professor Helmi L. Lutsep, M.D. is a member of the board, the Estonian American Fund announced.  Dr. Lutsep is presently Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University and Associate Director of the Oregon Stroke Center. She is on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology stroke section and on the board of the Western States Stroke Consortium. Dr. Lutsep is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.


16.07 – 03.08.2012 European Innovation Academy = Creativity + New Start-ups + High League Professionals. Fun? Adventure? Future Success? Yes!!! European Innovation Academy 2012 brings together famous motivational guest speakers. Guest lecturers are innovation experts from world-famous and successful companies MICROSOFT and SAMSUNG. The Key Lecturer of European Innovation Academy 2012 Prof. Dr. Mark Harris (former head of INTEL Higher Education & Research Programmes) is going to talk about Global Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Smart Business Models. 


Anyone who has ever attempted to learn Estonian knows what a beautiful, but extremely challenging, language it is. Estonians too deeply value their mother tongue, and mark March 14th, the birthday of Kristjan Jaak Peterson, as Emakeelepäev, or Estonian Language Day.  Although he died in 1822 at the very young age of 21, Peterson is considered the father of Estonian literature and poetry. His embracing of his Estonian ethnicity and heritage during his time at Tartu University, then a German-speaking institution, is considered by many to have been the spark that ignited the Estonian National Awakening. 


The Baltic Institute has a Board of Directors to develop the framework for this organization and its objectives. A number of prominent people from the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian communities have assembled to provide the policies and principles for the Institute to function. One Estonian has recently become politically active in local politics in NJ, and has failed to attend the last several sessions. The Board is seeking a replacement Estonian from an academic, research or legal background that would be able to participate fully in the meetings, which have been convened in Rockville, Maryland at the Latvian Church and Retirement Home. So, the candidate should be able to travel to that location for the meetings, which have been occurring every other month or so, depending on the completion of ongoing developments to work with the other Board members. Interested persons may respond with a copy of their curriculum vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ERR News - Following up on its pledge to find funding alternatives for the new National Museum building in Tartu, the state real estate management company Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) has sketched out a plan to back the project from a number of sources. The 78.5 million euros needed for the museum's construction and furnishing will come from the state budget, the Cultural Endowment and RKASs own funds, with any shortfalls to be covered by a loan that the Cultural Endowment can pay off over several years, RKAS said in a March 8 statement. 


Members of the Estonian Parliament Imre Sooäär, Remo Holsmer, Kalvi Kõva, Jüri Ratas, Annely Akkermann, Indrek Saar, Sven Sester and Kadri Simson met with the members of Maryland congressional offices and the Members of Maryland Estonia Exchange Council at the  Embassy of Estonia on the 5th of March. The Director for International Affairs in Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State and Members of Maryland National Guard also participated in the meeting. The leaders of the Estonian American National Commitee, Joint Baltic American National Committee  and Washington Estonian Society were also present. Close cooperation between Maryland and Estonia started in 1993 with the State Partnership program between Maryland National Guard and Estonian relevant partners. In 2009, the representatives of the state and Maryland and Estonian Harju county signed the Memorandum of Understanding in order to tighten the cooperation in cultural and social affairs. Several cities in Estonia have sister city relationships with cities in Maryland. Estonian Emassy  


Members of the European Parliament together with the Unitas Foundation and NGO TuliPisar invite you and other Baltic communities across the world to hold commemoration events on March 25th, the launch day of the 1949 March deportations. Soviet mass deportations from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are among the most disheartening events in the history of the Baltic States. During Stalin’s rule, more than 150 000 people were forcefully taken to Siberia, thousands not even surviving the road there. Since 2010, commemoration events have been held in Estonia and by Estonian communities in more than 10 countries. On March 25th 2012, thousands of candles will again be lit in memory of the deportees. Among others, the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Members of the European Parliament are hosting a commemoration event in Brussels.


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