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The Baltics 2013


YaleGALE 2013 BalticsLATVIA and LITHUANIA – July 9 -17, 2013

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Laba diena Yalies!

Every YaleGALE trip to date has offered an extraordinary opportunity to advance the interests of higher education on a global basis. Our program in Lithuania and Latvia is one more exciting example of the impact that we can have on universities in other parts of the world who in many cases are striving to maintain and strengthen the institution through enhanced alumni engagement. YaleGALE in the Baltics will also be an opportunity to see these two beautiful cities – one inland and the other coastal – in this very scenic part of the world.

YaleGALE in the Baltics: A Special Opportunity

European Humanities University (EHU), a Belarusian university in exile in beautiful and historic Vilnius, Lithuania has invited a YaleGALE delegation to visit this summer. EHU was founded in Minsk, Belarus to create a curriculum with a focus on western culture and values and an emphasis on critical thinking. As consequence of the policies of the government, EHU was forced to leave Belarus, and under the good graces of the European Union and Lithuania, relocated its faculty and student body to Vilnius. As a testament to academic freedom, EHU is supported by a number of American foundations including the MacArthur Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation.

EHU is most enthusiastic about our plans to attend its graduation ceremony on July 11th, and EHU students will be serving as tour guides in our orientation to Vilnius. So we’ll have an opportunity for direct interaction with the students as well as with alumni and members of the board of trustees, faculty and administration over lunch.

During the alumni relations meetings, EHU is inviting university representatives from a number of countries in the region, including Lithuania, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Russia and Kyrgyz Republic, to join us in Vilnius for a conference devoted to alumni engagement and development. Included in our program will be an additional session devoted to EHU’s specific challenges. Another part of the program will entail dialogue with young Belarusian graduates who are preparing for leadership roles in a future Belarusian society. We will conclude our program with a visit to the lovely port city of Riga, Latvia on the Baltic Sea. Our exchange partner in Riga is the Stockholm School of Economics which has an established alumni association, and is excited about the prospect of sharing ideas on best practices in alumni relations with us.

We will have an extra day to enjoy sight-seeing in the area, and to finish our visit to these Baltic nations with a delightful farewell dinner cruise.

Please complete your registration for the program as soon as possible, and no later than March 15th, by clicking: The program begins in Vilnius on July 9th and finishes on July 17th in Riga with an on-land double-occupancy fee of $3,500 per person (double occupancy.)

We welcome you to join us on this most meaningful journey to a land which has regained its independence and now features strong and diverse universities which demonstrate anew the courage to aspire to free inquiry.

Viso gero,

Marv Berenblum ‘56, Tour Producer

Paris, France 2013

The words "Yale", "GALE", "2012", and "Paris", in red white and blue, with a drawing of the Eiffel Tower forming the "a" in "Yale"PARIS – February 12-17 (extension to 19), 2013 – Itinerary: Click here for Itinerary.

Bonjour Yale Alumni Leader!

We have an unusual opportunity in Paris this winter to continue our successful exchange programs with leading universities around the globe from Australia to Turkey, from Israel to Japan. We will further our mission as ambassadors for Yale by sharing best practices in alumni relations. We believe we’ve not only helped to broaden the alumni relations programs of the many universities we’ve visited, but also have further cemented their relationship with Yale. On a more personal note, many of us have developed personal friendships with each other and with our international counterparts which otherwise would not have been possible.

YaleGALE in Paris promises to be yet another outstanding experience in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We will be exchanging with two distinguished universities, ENS and Paris ll of the Sorbonne, and possibly a third. We are waiting to hear about the possibility of a conference for universities and NGOs at the invitation of the United States Embassy in Paris. In all our sessions, we will be following the formula that has stood us in good stead in previous exchanges with panel discussions, breakout sessions and informal information sharing receptions.

The nature of this short trip limits the number of opportunities for our folks to participate in the university exchanges. However, we are organizing a special program to engage in a broader discussion of mission-related topics, such as the challenges facing institutions of higher education globally, and in the European region specifically. We will be arranging panel discussions on these issues for those not directly involved in the Paris university exchanges, and we’re expecting that this will serve to enhance our capabilities in future exchanges.

We will visit some of the marvelous museums and unique historical sites of Paris. As a special opportunity, Steve Scher ’56, a scholar in art history, has offered to join us to provide a special tour of Chartres and other Paris area highlights. In the evening, we anticipate get-togethers with local Yale alumni including former AYA Board Members and friends from previous YaleGALE trips. You will also have the option to attend the opera or the ballet. For our final evening, we are planning a group dinner cruise on the Seine. And we’ll offer optional tours for friends and family to take advantage of cultural and recreational opportunities while the YaleGALE meetings are in session.

Adding to the excitement of this trip, we are planning an extension of a few days with a visit to the Normandy Landings and Memorial. The site of the Normandy invasion and the memorial to the memory of those valiant soldiers who lost their lives in this signal battle of World War ll is a captivating experience for visitors of all generations.

The primary program begins on February 13th and returns on February 18th with an on-land double- occupancy fee of $3,000. The extension, running from February 18th to the 20th, is an additional $800. THESE DATES MIGHT EXTEND BY ONE DAY WITH THE APPROPRIATE COST ADJUSTMENT DEPENDING ON THE SCHEDULING OF A CONFERENCE – DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS YET. Please complete your registration for the program, and, if you desire, the Normandy extension by going to

I truly hope that you’ll be able to join us on this extraordinary journey to a center of global culture.

A biento,

Marv Berenblum ’56, Tour Producer