Sunday, January 28, 2007
Estonia and Latvia -- After the Soviet Collapse
Can you ever go home again? Dr. Ain Haas explores "Return Migration to Post-Soviet Estonia and Latvia" in the next presentation in the Sabbatical Speaker Series 2006-2007 of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.
Dr. Haas, associate professor of sociology and an ethnic Estonian, examines the experiences of first-, second-, and third-generation exiles/emigrants of Estonian and Latvian heritage (primarily political refugees and their descendants), who returned to their ancestral lands when the Soviet regime collapsed. Personal interviews with some 130 returnees covered their reasons for moving, adjustment to life in the Baltic countries, and comparisons with their old life in the West.
Check out what's happening these days in two of the former "Captive Nations" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, 2 February, in Room 508, Cavanaugh Hall, IUPUI, 425 University Boulevard, Indianapolis.