112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Baltic Studies

Session Chair: 
Zivile Gimbutas, Independent Scholar
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
RCC Meeting Room 2
Topic Area: 


  1. Al Zolynas, Alliant International University
    A reading of poems ranging in subject matter from Lithuanian heritage to scenes from WW II Lithuania, emigrant life in the U.S.A. and present-day Lithuania; a tribute to Czeslaw Milosz andmore.
  2. Asta Kraskouskas, Boston College
    In the late 1980's Vėlinės, the annual custom of commemorating the dead, created an alternative space allowing participants to cultivate their individual and communal identities with personal spiritual freedom from the surroounding Soviet reality. In some geographical locations and among certain groups of people,  Vėlinės exceeded its scope of being a matter of kinship.
  3. Birute Putrius, Independent Scholar
    A reading of fiction expressive of Lithuanian beliefs and customs concerning death, dying, burial, and the afterlife. "Death Comes to Boleslovas," Chapter 1 and "Boleslovas' Death," Chapter 35 (excerpts from my novel The Book Smuggler).
  4. Daiva Markelis, Eastern Illinois University
    This paper explores how Wendell Mayo uses elements of magical realism in his recent fiction about contemporary Lithuanian life, the novel In Lithuanian Wood and the short story collection The Cucumber King of Kedainiai.
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