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Representative of JBANC,  LAC’s Public Affairs Bureau in Washington D.C., to Give a Presentation on Baltic American Activism in the U.S. at the AABS-Chicago Conference this April.

Karl Altau, the Managing Director of the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC), will present a paper on Baltic activism in the United States at the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference in Chicago on April 26-28.


JBANC was founded in 1961 to support the restoration of independence, human rights and democracy to the Baltic countries. It was founded by and represents three main Baltic American organizations – the Estonian American National Council, the American Latvian Association, and the Lithuanian American Council.

During the last 50 years, JBANC worked for the restoration of Baltic independence, and actively campaigned for Baltic membership in NATO. JBANC, an established participant to Washington’s foreign policy discussions, has refocused its activities on human rights issues – particularly addressing the current situation in Belarus, and condemning recent political murders in the Russian Federation, as in the case of attorney Sergei Magnitsky. JBANC is currently preparing for the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012.

To achieve its aims, JBANC works with the Baltic-American community and other organizations. These include the Central and East European Coalition, the Maryland Estonia Exchange Council and the State of Maryland, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Mr. Altau will address the future of the Baltic-American advocacy and its promotion in the public and private sectors.

The 23rd biennial 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. Plenary speakers include the ambassadors to the U.S. of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia; a member of Latvia’s Parliament; and a linguist from University of Pisa (Italy). The president of AABS (2010-2012) is Vėjas Liulevičius (University of Tennessee). The AABS Conference Chair is  professor Giedrius Subačius (University of Illinois at Chicago). The conference is expected to draw over 200 attendees from at least 16 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden.

AABS CONFERENCE  CONFIRMED PLENARY SESSION SPEAKERS:

H.E. Marina Kaljurand, Estonian Ambassador to the United States
H.E. Žygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States
H.E. Andrejs Pildegovics Latvian Ambassador to the United States

Baltic Ambassadors will participate in a roundtable plenary discussion.

Dr. Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, an economist and a member of Latvia’s Parliament

Dr. Pietro U. Dini, professor, linguist and translator at the Università di Pisa

We hope to see you at the conference!

2012 AABS Local Arrangements Committee, aabsconfinfochicago@aabs.com

AABS conference registration link:
http://aabs2012registration.eventbrite.com/

Accommodations and other information, and the Facebook page:
http://depts.washington.edu/aabs/chicago-conf-2012.html