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The Baltic International Summer School will feature recognized speakers in the areas of public relations,
media and new media from the Baltics, Europe and the United States.

Dr. JYOTIKA RAMAPRASAD (United States) is associate professor in the School of Journalism at
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has traveled extensively both for teaching and research,
particularly in Africa and Asia. Her work has centered on journalistic philosophies and roles and on using
journalism and strategic communication to make social change. While some of this work is focused on flood
preparedness (in Vietnam) and HIV/AIDS (in East Africa and India), her plans are to move into the area of
social integration of minority communities in Europe using journalism and communication.

Dr. LUCA MORI (Italy) holds a Ph.D. degree in Political philosophy and a Master's degree in Economics and
Management. He teaches "Communication Theory and Models" at Pisa University (Italy), and he is member
of the School for conflict education and research "Polemos" (Trento, sponsored by U.N.). He collaborates
with the Master of Art and Culture Management of the Trentino School of Management (Trento University).
Studying the social impact of the evolution of media platforms, he is interested in the role of partecipatory
practices in contemporary democracies. From 2005, he collaborates with different institutions [Pisa
University, Pisa Theatre, Armunia Theatre (Livorno), Municipality of Rosignano, Istituto Stensen
(Firenze),...] for the elaboration and conduction of activities addressed to schools and citizens. At the
summer school, Luca will talk about the Region of Tuscany Law on partecipation and, starting from this
example, about political communication and participation dilemmas in contemporary democracies, in the age
of Web 2.0.

Dr. LIISA SALO-LEE (Finland), Ph.D. (Georgetown University, USA), Doctor h.c. (Universidade Aberta,
Lissabon), currently Professor in Intercultural Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Extensive
work and life experience in various countries and continents (incl. South and North America, Asia); Former
President of SIETAR Europa (International Society of Intercultural Education, Research and Training).
Member of the Board of Directors of e.g. NIC (Nordic Group of Intercultural Communication), NNC (Nordic
NIAS Council), the Finnish University Network for East and Southeast Asian Studies, and the Graduate
School of Contemporary Asian Studies. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Master´s Programme in
Intercultural Communication (MIC), Universitá della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, and the China´s Research
Center for Economic Transition, Beijing University of Technology. Academic publications and didactic
materials in Intercultural Communication. Intercultural communication consultant in public and private
organizations and invited specialist in broadcast media (radio and TV) in issues related to multicultural
society and intercultural communication.

Dr. SERGEJS KRUKS (Latvia) is a researcher at Riga Stadins University. He has done extensive research
on the issues of social integration. At the summer school he will speak about “Experienced Life and Its
Symbolic Representations.”

Dr. RENATA MIENKOVSKA (Poland) represents Political Science department of Warsaw University. At the
summer school she will speak about European Union funds for disadvantaged groups of the society.

Dr. AMY BRYZGEL (United States) has recently completed her PhD in Art History at Rutgers University
(New Jersey), specializing in Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet art from Russian and
Eastern Europe. Her research has focused on performance artists and their engagement with audiences in
the wake of social change, specifically during the late-Soviet and Post-Soviet periods. In 2003, she traveled
to Riga, Latvia, on a Fulbright Grant, where she has remained ever since conducting dissertation research in
the field. Her presentation at the summer school will focus on the use of signs and symbols from both
Western and Soviet culture in the work of two contemporary artists: one from Latvia and one from Russia.

Office of the Summer School
Vidzeme University College
Cesu iela 4, Valmiera, LV 4200, Latvia
Phone + 371 26603377, web:
Mr. KRISTAPS PETERSONS (Latvia), Editor and Director at independent TV production company Hansa
Media. He specializes on TV stories and programs about various social, new media and technology issues.
Mr. Petersons has previously worked at Diena, Latvian Television, Kurzeme Regional Radio and contributed
his articles to various newspapers, including student’s supplement of Le Monde and Eesti Paevaleht. He
holds an undergraduate degree in media arts (Cum Laude) from International University Concordia
Audentes in Estonia. He is interested in audiovisual media and netocracy. At the summer school, Mr.
Petersons will speak on the internet and interactive television, as well as corporate blogging.

Mr. JANIS GARANCS (Latvia/Germany) works as artist and consultant in areas of interactive multimedia
installations, virtual reality, and audiovisual performance. He received a BFA in Painting, from the Latvian
Academy of Arts, Riga. He studied video and computer art at the Royal University of Fine Arts (KKH) in
Stockholm, Sweden. In 2003 he received his MA in Audiovisual Media, from the Academy of Media Arts
(KHM) in Cologne, Germany, where his focus was immersive 3D environments. Garancs’ has presented his
work in high profile international media art events and venues in many European countries, as well as in
Canada, USA and Turkey. Currently, Garancs is a researcher at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences
(Germany), part of a research team of the consortium “LIVE” (funded by European Union) – developing
interactive TV formats and production tools to stage and focus on Live Media Events in near future.

Mr. EMIL AGAZADE (United Kingdom) is a producer at BBC Radio Russian Service. At the summer school
he will speak about the role of radio in social integration.

Ms. LIGA GAISA (Latvia) is a free-lance producer. She has a degree in International Cultural Relations (BA)
and Culture Administration (MA) from the Latvian Academy of Culture, has studied in Denmark and
participated in management and producing master classes and workshops in Greece, Australia, Belgium
etc. Amongst the biggest projects, Liga has been involved in are Forum for Contemporary Culture The White
Night 2006, Multimedia opera Book of Silence in collaboration with Cryptic Theatre (Edinburgh), Annual
Prize in Visual Arts, Riga City Celebrations, Latvian Song and Dance Celebrations, Eurovision Song
Contest, European Cultural Month in Riga 2001 and others. At the summer school, Liga will talk about the
future of film.

Ms. ILZE ARKLINA (Latvia), Marketing Communications Director for RTU Riga Business School, has been
working as a journalist and editor for more than 15 years. Ilze has worked for news agencies Reuters and
Baltic News Service, and has been the editor-in-chief of the English language weekly The Baltic Times.
Before joining the RTU Riga Business School in September 2007, Ilze has been working as editor of the
careers and education supplement of the Latvian daily Diena. Her topics include organizational behavior,
higher education, discrimination and corruption issues. Ilze’s article on discrimination in the workplace has
been recognized as winner of the EU Journalist's Award 2007 in Latvia. Ilze has graduated the University of
Latvia, Faculty of Physics and mathematics, she has a MBA degree in Entrepreneurship and innovations
from RTU and Buskerud University College in Norway. At the summer school, Ilze will speak about various
writing styles for different media and different purposes.

Ms. DACE AKULE (Latvia) is the European Policy Program Director at the Centre for Public policy
PROVIDUS, a leading think tank in Latvia. She is in charge of European affairs at the public policy portal published by PROVIDUS. Previously she has worked as a journalist specialized on European
Union affairs for several local and international media such as European Voice, EU Observer and Radio
Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Her first degree is in communications from the University of Latvia, followed by
a one-year diploma from John Hopkins University in Bologna (Italy) and a Master in Advanced International
Studies obtained at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna (Austria).

Ms. ANNA NOVICKA (Latvia) is a business journalist for Latvian daily newspaper “Diena”. Previous 10
years she has been working for different Russian media in Latvia, covering economical, political and
international issues. She had graduated Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia, in 2002 she
has got a Bonnier diploma “For great achievements in Latvian journalism”, in 2006, participated in US State
Department E.R.Murrow program.
Office of the Summer School
Vidzeme University College
Cesu iela 4, Valmiera, LV 4200, Latvia
Phone + 371 26603377, web:

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