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Lithuanian Ambassador to Greece to visit UW

ithuanian Ambassador to the Republic of Greece, Alfonsas Eidintas
ithuanian Ambassador to the Republic of Greece, Alfonsas Eidintas

April 19, 2016


Lithuanian Ambassador to the Republic of Greece,  Alfonsas Eidintas , will be visiting the University of Washington this May to give both a lecture and a book signing on two separate evenings. Please see bellow for more information on the upcoming events.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:00 pm
Thomson Hall room 101

The Ambassador will be giving a lecture entitled “Greece and the European Union: Is the Grexit still possible?

Alfonsas Eidintas is a historian, diplomat, and novelist. He is Lithuania’s Ambassador to Greece. Eidintas entered diplomatic service in 1993, serving as Lithuania’s Ambassador to the United States. He has also served as Lithuania’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada, Mexico, Norway, Israel, Cyprus, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Nigeria. The Lithuanian diplomat also worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently as ambassador-at-large at the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Public Relations Department; and was a lecturer at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science Between 1969 and 1973 Alfonsas Eidintas studied history at Vilnius Pedagogical University.

Sponsored by UW Hellenic Studies, The UW Center for West European Studies, UW Baltic Studies, The Ellison Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies, The European Union Center – Seattle, and the UW Department for Scandinavian Studies


Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:00 pm
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture University of Washington, Seattle

A celebration of the translation and publication of the book, Antanas Smetona and His Lithuania by Alfonsas Eidintas translated and edited by Alfred Erich Senn.

Antanas Smetona (1874-1944), comparable to Latvia’s Karlis Ulmanis and Estonia’s Konstantin Pats, was Lithuania’s authoritarian ruler on the eve of World War II.  Earlier, he was a leader of the national movement and in 1918, a central figure in the establishment of Lithuania’s independence. This book presents a unique view of Smetona as an individual, studying his personal and public relations with each of twenty closest political associates, among them his teachers, competitors and allies.

The author, Alfonsas Eidintas, has written many groundbreaking publications in Lithuanian history. In the 1990s he served as Lithuania’s Ambassador to the USA, and is currently Ambassador to Greece.  On May 4, Professor Eidintas will give a brief overview of his new book, (Lithuanian language publication 2012, translation published in late 2015), followed by questions and discussion. We will also remember the translator and editor, historian Alfred Erich Senn, who passed away in March this year.

The book’s translation was made possible by Bernice Kellogg’s generous bequest to the University of Washington’s Baltic Studies Program.

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Event hosted by the UW Baltic Studies Program