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The Story of Latvia’s Strength: How a Culture Saved a Nation

Riga, Latvia

October 6–8, 2017

Save the date for the fourteenth Mount Holyoke European Alumnae Symposium, taking place this time in Riga, Latvia! Since 1987 Mount Holyoke alumnae have been gathering in cities around Europe to exchange ideas and reconnect with one another and the College.

Join us at our next symposium in Riga, Latvia, for an unforgettable weekend—a chance to see old friends, make new ones, and learn about the fascinating history and culture of the “Heart of the Baltics.” Riga, often referred to as the “Paris of the North,” with its wonderful art nouveau architecture and vibrant café culture, is located along the east shore of the Baltic Sea and is easily accessible from the rest of Europe.

Our confirmed speakers and performers:

  • Linda Laderach, professor of music, Mount Holyoke College
  • Larry Schipull, professor of music, Mount Holyoke College
  • Jeffrey Sommers, professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; visiting faculty at Stockholm School of Economics, Riga

Special guests include:

Make your plans now to join us October 6–8, 2017, in Riga! This dynamic city is strategically located only twenty minutes away from Riga International Airport and was the European Capital of Culture in 2014.

A broad overview of the weekend is below and we will add the program, registration, and other relevant information to this site in early spring.

We look forward to seeing you in Riga!

Your organizing committee,

Indra Priede ’92
Aniela White Staszewska ’05
Ilze Zinge Kreslina CG’89

Email us with any questions.


Weekend Overview

Friday, October 6, 2017

Daytime Optional tours

5:00 p.m. Opening reception at the Great Guild

5:45 p.m. Concert by Mount Holyoke College Professors of Music Linda Laderach and Larry Schipull

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Special stalls with locally made crafts will be open throughout the day in a special section of the venue.

9:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Morning Program: An Introduction to Latvia (Presentations and panels on different aspects of Latvian culture)

12:15–1:45 p.m. Buffet Lunch

2:00–5:00 p.m. Afternoon Program: The Power of Music (Presentations and performances)

7:00 p.m. Gala evening cocktails and dinner followed by a fashion show with local designers

Sunday, October 8, 2017

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Handcraft workshops

Afternoon Optional tour to Jūrmala