The American Dream and the European Dream

Robert J. Shiller

Nobel Laureate in Economics
"One of the most influential economists in the world"

Robert Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and past President of the American Economic Association. He is the author of ten books on economics, including Irrational Exuberance (2000) which was a New York Times bestseller, and columnist for the New York Times. All four of Professor Shiller's grandparents came from Lithuania 1906-1910 and joined the Lithuanian community in Detroit. His parents were born in Detroit, but Professor Shiller remembers their speaking Lithuanian around the house when he was a child. He still keeps contact with a community of relatives in Lithuania, more than a hundred years after his family's emigration. After he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 2013, he brought his current family to Lithuania and had the honor of meeting with President Grybauskaite and other Lithuanian luminaries, and was feted at a party given by an extended family of relatives still living in Lithuania.

More info: www.econ.yale.edu/~shiller/bio.htm

The Baltic Miracle: Why It Happened, Why It Is Threatened, and Why It Will Win Out

Paul A. Goble

Former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State
Former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State

"Decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence"

Paul Goble is an internationally known analyst, writer and columnist with expertise on Russia and has served as special advisor on Baltic affairs to the US Department of State.

He is the editor of four volumes on ethnic issues in the former Soviet Union and has published more than 150 articles on ethnic and nationality. He currently teaches a course on "Islam and Geopolitics in Eurasia" as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics.

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. While there, he launched the "Window on Eurasia" series. Prior to joining the faculty there in 2004, he served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, he has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

His blog is at: http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com

Baltic Music: 100 Years a Nation, So Many More in Song

Katherine Pukinskis

Katherine Pukinskis is a composer-scholar currently living in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches in the Music Department at Harvard University. Dr. Pukinskis has had works premiered by eighth blackbird, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Akron Symphony Chorus, and the Spektral Quartet, as well as by members of Ensemble Dal Niente and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Commissioning ensembles include San Antonio Symphony, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Rockefeller Chapel (at the University of Chicago), Heritage Chorale, Artemesia Vocal Trio, and Red Star Brass.

In addition to her work as a composer, Dr. Pukinskis teaches courses in music theory, composition, and ethnomusicology, previously at the University of Chicago and now at Harvard University. Her scholarly research revolves around notions of nationalism and cultural identity, diaspora, traditional folk and choral music, and the twentieth-century histories of Latvia and the Baltic nations. She has presented her research across the United States and Europe in conferences, pre-concert lectures, and invited talks

Current and upcoming work includes a research and commissioning project to develop new pedagogy-based anthologies of art songs; a multi-movement composition for soprano, flute, and electronics; and a modular composition for a coalition of Finnish children's choirs.

More info: kpukinskis.com