Vikings, Pagans, and Knights – History of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: A Three Part Course with Dr. Nina Wieda

Vikings, Pagans, and Knights – History of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: A Three Part Course with Dr. Nina Wieda


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The shores of the Baltic sea were Europe's last frontier: the abode of Vikings, Norse gods, and the last tree-worshippers of Europe. Teutonic Knights arrived there to build their castles and fortress cities that still stand today, but they never fully converted the spirited local population. After centuries of different empires gaining and yielding control of the Baltic shore, the three Baltic nations - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania - finally live as sovereign nations and celebrate their unique cultures. 

Despite close geographic proximity, each nation has a distinct history, language, and culture. Visitors compare their well-preserved medieval cities, villages, and traditional festivals to time capsules. 

Led by an expert on the post-Soviet world, Nina Wieda, this interactive seminar will introduce you to the fascinating world of the Baltics and illuminate its colorful history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a deep knowledge of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and a desire to experience these historic countries first-hand.

Lecture One: Estonia
Our first conversation will be centered around the postcard-perfect medieval capital of Tallinn, Estonia is one of the European nations whose population does not speak an Indo-European language.
Lecture Two: Latvia
Latvia is home to beautiful Riga - an architectural jewel of Europe. Latvia’s traditional Song and Dance Festival is one of the largest amateur choral and dancing events in the world. UNESCO recognizes it as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Lecture Three: Lithuania
Our course will conclude with the largest of the Baltic states, Lithuania used to be a part of the powerful Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - a major European power of its time. It was home to the last pagan ruler of a European nation and still boasts one of the most impressive medieval fortifications of Europe - the well-preserved Trakai Island Castle. 

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

How does it work?
This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture. 
When will I receive the Zoom link?
Your link to enter the Zoom room will be the same for all three sessions. It will be sent to the email address used to place your order 30 minutes prior to each lecture's start time.
Is there a reading list in advance?
Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. These will be provided at the course's conclusion.
How long are the lectures?
Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.
How much is the course?
The course is $105 USD for three lectures.
Is a recording available?
Need to miss a day? No problem.  All registered participants will be sent a recording link within 48 hours of each session's conclusion.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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L. (Tucson, US)
Wonderful series

Great job with this topic - excellent content and photos!

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L. (Tucson, US)
Excellent

Dr. Wieda always does a fantastic job - very thorough, interesting and well presented. Use of photos, maps, etc. is well done.

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L. (Phoenix, US)
Very interesting

Very well done - learned a lot. Loved the beautiful photos. Excellent description of history.

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P.M. (St. Petersburg, US)
I learned so much

Dr. Wieda is an excellent presenter. I signed up for this course when I saw she was the presenter. I knew nothing about these countries before and now I feel like I have been exposed to so much history, geography and culture. Dr. Wieda is easy to follow, and very well organized. A definite expert. Very enlightening and enjoyable.

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P.H. (Greenport, US)
Excellent Overview

Excellent overview of the Baltic Nations - Nina is a great speaker and clearly knows her subject matter

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
87%
(13)
13%
(2)
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L
L. (Tucson, US)
Wonderful series

Great job with this topic - excellent content and photos!

L
L. (Tucson, US)
Excellent

Dr. Wieda always does a fantastic job - very thorough, interesting and well presented. Use of photos, maps, etc. is well done.

L
L. (Phoenix, US)
Very interesting

Very well done - learned a lot. Loved the beautiful photos. Excellent description of history.

P
P.M. (St. Petersburg, US)
I learned so much

Dr. Wieda is an excellent presenter. I signed up for this course when I saw she was the presenter. I knew nothing about these countries before and now I feel like I have been exposed to so much history, geography and culture. Dr. Wieda is easy to follow, and very well organized. A definite expert. Very enlightening and enjoyable.

P
P.H. (Greenport, US)
Excellent Overview

Excellent overview of the Baltic Nations - Nina is a great speaker and clearly knows her subject matter