On April 23 the Institute of Germanic-Romance Languages and Cultures of Tallinn University celebrated the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare with a talk “Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Their Reception in Estonia“, which some of the ESU Estonia members attended and enjoyed. It was very interesting to hear and compare two different versions of translation of the sonnets into Estonian. We would like to thank Professor Suliko Liiv, Director of the Institute and ESU Estonia member for the invitation.
On April 23 finalists of the 2014 National Public Speaking Competition were invited to a luncheon at the residence of US Ambassador Jeffrey Levine. Here is what Gertrud Metsa from Tartu Hugo Treffner Gymnasium had to say about the event.
Since I can’t remember my own birth, yesterday had been one of the most prominent days of my life. I will probably never forget that I had the privilege to not only meet but to have lunch with Jeffrey D. Levine. The ambassador was a humble and lively man with unquenchable curiosity and a very good taste in watches. Topics at the lunch table ranged from videogames, language skills to college choices. I hope the tradition to have lunch with the six finalists from the National Public Speaking Competition continues, as it will give the competitors something else, except winning, to look forward to.
The ESU Estonia members enjoyed another event in the series “Diplomats Talk” on March 24. This time we visited the German Embassy in Tallinn and met Mr. Schlaga, Christian-Matthias, the German Ambassador to Estonia. We were led to the meeting room on the 3rd floor of the Embassy, a nice modern building in a quiet area of the city center, where we were offered some drinks. The Ambassador gave us a brief overview of his career, the work the Embassy does nowadays, Germany-Estonia partnership and answered our questions. We would like to thank Mr. Schlaga and the German Embassy Tallinn for a very interesting meeting and fruitful talk.
Chairman, ESU of Estonia
On March 17 the traditional St. Patrick’s reception was held by the Irish Embassy, Tallinn. We would like to thank H. E. Peter McIvor, the Irish Ambassador to Estonia, and Mrs. McIvor for inviting some of our members to the event. The evening passed with networking and chatting in the festive atmosphere.
Zinaida Jevgrafova, Chairman of the ESU of Estonia
On March 1 the 6th National Public Speaking Competition was held at Tallinn English College. 45 participants from 31 different schools of Estonia and about 80 supporters and guests came to enjoy the speeches.
We are very sorry to announce that the Pop! Goes the Culture: Why We Game? event that was to be held on February 20 has been canceled due to low registration rates. Hopefully we will soon have a new, more accessible chance to come together to discuss elements of popular culture.
In the meanwhile, you might want to have a look at the National Public Speaking Competition 2014 page: the competition itself is on March 1 and fast approaching, so come back soon for updates and news.
In the next installment of our pop culture themed event series, we are taking on a question that touches the lives of many technology enthusiasts. Video games have evolved from simple 8-bit games to an immersive art form with whole university programs dedicated to analyzing them.
With that in mind, we invite you to come together to ask each other and answer the question: why do we game? What makes us reach over and over again for familiar games as well as new ones? Is it escapism? A thirst for gratification? The stories? Let’s share our thoughts and find out together.
You are welcome to join us at the next Pop! Goes the Culture event complete with great company, valuable insights, and snacks, on February 20 at 6-8pm in room S-416 at Tallinn University. You can keep up with updates about the event and suggest discussion points on the event Facebook page.
Please register by transferring the participation fee to the ESU of Estonia bank account.
Participation fee: 3 euros
Bank: SEB Eesti Űhispank
Account name: English-Speaking Union of Estonia
Account number: EE131010220069810014
Please write your name and the event as explanation.
We look forward to seeing you there!