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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0665  Friday, 8 April 2005

[1]     From:   Norman Hinton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Apr 2005 13:57:22 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0647 PhD/Help

[2]     From:   Syd Kasten <
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        Date:   Friday, 08 Apr 2005 07:56:24 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0647 PhD/Help


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From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Apr 2005 13:57:22 -0500
Subject: 16.0647 PhD/Help
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0647 PhD/Help

I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, but I find it extremely hard to
imagine that you had been at the University doing graduate work for 5
years and had never heard (or read in any regulations) that the final
paper must be in Latvian.

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From:           Syd Kasten <
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Date:           Friday, 08 Apr 2005 07:56:24 +0200
Subject: 16.0647 PhD/Help
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0647 PhD/Help

Lest you find traces of an organized paranoid system in Ilona Goldmane's
plea for help please consider the following.

Visiting my son who was working for a couple of years in Riga, Latvia's
capital, I found the city to be beautiful, clean and friendly, and
commented on this.  My son agreed, but told me about a downside.  It was
not good to be an ethnic Russian in Riga.  After decades of
colonialization by Russia, with a sizable influx of Russians after the
war and repression of the local culture, independence led to a
resurgence of the Latvian language and identity. This was accompanied by
a loathing of all things Russian, including the two or three generations
born locally -  no violence, mind you, but total negation.  If you spoke
English or any other language in a shop the clerk would make every
effort to understand you.  If you spoke Russian chances are you would be
ignored. The tension between the Baltic states and Moscow probably has a
centuries-long history, but the political and cultural domination after
WWII added an understandable immediacy of resentment.

So without changing my initial impression of Latvia and Latvians as kind
attractive and helpful, I feel I should let any-list member in a
position to help Ms. Goldmane know that there may well be substance to
her in all probability undeserved predicament.

Best wishes,
Syd Kasten

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