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Film: The Saragossa Manuscript


When: Friday, May 1, 5:00pm

Where: Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St., downtown Madison

Sponsors: Madison Vilnius Sister Cities
Poland | 1964 | DCP | 183 min. | Polish with English subtitles
Director: Wojchiech Has
Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska

About the Film: The moral testing of an officer in the Napoleonic Wars (Polish film idol Cybulski) serves as the center of a Scheherezade-type plot that incorporates nine interconnected tales told by various colorful narrators. The spellbinding and surreal narrative, with its multiple flashbacks-within-flashbac ks, is accentuated by gorgeous black-and-white widescreen cinematography and Krzysztof Penderecki's eclectic score. The Saragossa Manuscript was reportedly the favorite movie of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.



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Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Inc.’s Annual Banquet


When: Saturday, May 2, 5:00pm

Where: Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St., downtown Madison

Sponsors: Madison Vilnius Sister Cities



5pm - Social Hour, cash bar
6pm – 3 Course Dinner which includes:
cold beet soup, roasted pork loin, “zeppelins”, roasted cabbage, and Lithuanian Napoleon Torte
7pm – Brief business meeting and speaker’s presentation
Prof. Rimvydas Baltaduonis
“Energy Security - Challenges & Opportunities for Lithuania"


Please make your reservations by mailing a check to
MVSC Treasurer, Ray Bandziulis, 3288 Saracen Way,
Verona, WI 53593-8010

$40 per person ($15 for kids’ meal)
Deadline for reservation is April 28Download Registration Form


Honored Guest and Speaker:

The honored guest and speaker is Rimvydas Baltaduonis, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Economics Department at Gettysburg College, PA. Dr. Baltaduonis' broad fields of specialty are energy economics, industrial organization, experimental economics, and market design. His current research is focused on deregulated electricity industry. At Gettysburg College, he teaches Industrial Organization & Public Policy, Energy Economics, and Experimental Economics. The National Science Foundation, the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics and the Australian Research Council have supported his research. Dr. Baltaduonis is also an Affiliate Researcher at the Resources, Energy and Environmental Markets Lab in the University of Sydney, Australia, and at El Centro Vernon Smith de Economia Experimental in Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala. Prior to assuming his position at Gettysburg College, Dr. Baltaduonis was an IFREE Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science at George Mason University and later at the Economics Science Institute at Chapman University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. 


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Graduate Student Symposium


When: Thursday, May 7, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia



Uli Schamiloglu



T. Jack Rowe

Roberto Carmack

Milan Simic

Angela Hakkila

Selcuk Altuntas

Abdulsait Aykut



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Celebrate Early Music of Eastern Europe


When:Tuesday May 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: University Club

803 State Street, Madison, WI 53703

Sponsors:Madison Early Music Festival


About the event:

An evening with fun, food, and music benefiting the 2015 Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF). This year, MEMF will present Slavic Discoveries: Early Music of Eastern Europe from July 11-18. University Club Chef, Nicholas Dulak, will prepare a special menu of delectable hors d'oeuvres inspired by Eastern European cuisine. Live music will be provided by the White Birch Ensemble, a Madison-based ensemble that plays traditional Russian instruments. There will also be a vodka tasting available for an additional cost.


The fundraiser costs $25 and all net proceeds will benefit the Madison Early Music Festival. Register via the link below or check or credit card at the door.


Click here to register for the event. Advance registration is preferred.


Suggested parking at 415 N. Lake Street.

Contact Chelsea Lauing, Director of Development: 608-347-1275 or

For more information on MEMF, visit:



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Growing Up In The Shadow Of Chernobyl -- Facing Current Challenges


When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Where: Blackhawk Country Club

Sponsors: Friends of Chernobyl Centers US (FOCCUS)


About the event:

Friends of Chernobyl Centers US (FOCCUS) invites you to attend a presentation by Inna Stepaniuk, Fulbright scholar visiting from Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Her presentation "Growing up in the Shadow of Chernobyl—Facing Current Challenges" will include photos with time for questions.


Questions/RSVP: Norma @ 608/231-3198 or Rob @ 608/438-4892

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