Estonians in the USA

Stanford University to host a major Baltic conference in 2018

Stanford University will hold a major Baltic conference in 2018 which will bring together scholars interested in Baltic studies from all over the world and foster collaboration between Baltic and Stanford researchers. The conference, hosted by the Stanford University Libraries, that has one of the largest Baltic collections in the …

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Estonian guitarist Laur Joamets is among the Grammy winners

American country music singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, who employs Estonian Laur Joamets as his band’s lead guitarist, won a Grammy in the Best Country Album category. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held on 12 February 2017 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, saw an American country music and roots rock singer-songwriter John Sturgill Simpson scoop an award …

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James D. Melville: Estonia is a capable ally and partner for the US

The US ambassador to Estonia, James D. Melville, addressed the Estonian American National Council in San Francisco on 5 November. I’ve been in Tallinn for a close to a year now and have gained quite an appreciation for all that Estonia has accomplished over the last quarter century. And I …

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Estonian choreographer Rauno Zubko helps keep folk dancing alive in America

Folk dance boot camp? Not quite, but Rauno Zubko, a renowned Estonian folk dance choreographer, has come to the US to get everyone’s toes tapping in time for the Estonian Song and Dance Festival. Zubko, an Estonian folk dance director and choreographer, has come to Portland, Oregon, for a week …

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Top ten reasons to attend the Estonian American National Council gala

The Estonian American National Council (EANC) is taking the show on the road. This year’s annual meeting, public programme and awards presentation will take place in San Francisco, California, on 5 November 2016 and will include timely panels and an awards gala. Detailed information and registration is available on the …

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The role of the United States in the restoration of Estonia’s independence

The US policy of not recognising the annexation of the Baltic states formed an international anchor which fostered the hope that justice would one day prevail, and strongly influenced the behaviour of other Western states for 50 years. The Welles Declaration My experience is that the US – the biggest Western …

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Estonian-Americans award Steve Jürvetson for outstanding achievements

The Estonian-American National Council (EANC) is to present the entrepreneur, Steve Jürvetson, with the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award. The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises Jürvetson’s many successes in the realm of venture capital investment, where he was an early investor in Hotmail, Tesla, and of course, in Estonia’s own Skype, the …

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Estonian-American mother-daughter team awarded for promoting Estonian folk dance

The Estonian American National Council has chosen the mother-daughter team of Lehti Merilo and Liina Merilo Teose as recipients of its 2016 Outstanding Achievement award in recognition for their work in promoting and preserving Estonian folk dance and music. Lehti Merilo and Liina Teose will be honored at the EANC’s …

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