Exhibit Opening: Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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Join us for an opening of the following exhibit at the Stanford Shopping Center's Center Pavilion:

Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100

"We have always harnessed a great inner power, even in the darkest and most difficult times," President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid has said of this serendipitous moment in her country's history. "To become masters of our own homes, our own country." The purpose of this traveling exhibit, Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100 is to commemorate a century since the founding of the Republic of Estonia and to introduce its history, culture, innovation, and, most of all, its people, to the wider world. The exhibit is produced by the Estonian Museum of Occupations.

The opening event of this exhibit is organized as part of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University and will feature a roundtable on "No Boundaries: An Oral History Project about Estonia’s Transformation in the Digital Age."

Dubbed the Singapore of the North, few countries in the world have undergone a more dramatic and fundamental transformation than Estonia has in the past 25 years. Literally starting with nothing, Estonia has become a world-leading inspiration and role model for the new, limitless possibilities of the digital age. This intense wave of positive transformation represents a unique time in Estonian history and is a fascinating, multifaceted story. This time of changes was initiated and led by a number of innovators, several of whom have gone on to become world leading entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, e.g. creating global companies like Skype.

The No Boundaries project, an initiative by Stanford Libraries, records, collects and publishes in-depth interviews carried out by Anders Hjemdahl and Camilla Andersson with the dual purpose of creating a research resource for the study of a unique time of dramatic changes in Estonia’s history, and telling the story of this period to the general public through the voices of people who were both affected by the changes of this time in history, and who took part in creating and shaping the changes.

The roundtable welcomes you to join a group of world-renowned Estonian entrepreneurs in a discussion about history, innovation, identity, and the future. The roundtable is chaired by Anders Hjemdahl and Camilla Andersson-Hjemdahl and its members include Sten Tamkivi, Rainer Sternfeld, Andrus Viirg, Ott Kaukver, and Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

Renowned filmmaker and the author of Estonia-themed films "The Singing Revolution" and "To Breathe as One" James Tusty, Director of the Museum of Occupations Merilin Piipuu, and President of the Kistler-Ritso Foundation Sylvia Thompson will deliver opening remarks at the event.

Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100 will remain open from May 31 through June 6.

Admission Info

The event is free and open to the public.

The event takes place at the heart of the Stanford Shopping Center, at its Center Pavilion. Free parking is available in the Center's parking lots.