SUL and Vabamu establish Stanford-Estonia Exchange Program in Tallinn, Estonia

November 9, 2021
Liisi Esse
Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom, Tallinn, Estonia. Credit: Sven Soome, 2021.

Stanford University Libraries (SUL) and Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Vabamu) are joining forces to establish the Stanford-Estonia Exchange Program centered at Vabamu (Tallinn, Estonia). The program will be launched with seed funding from the Kistler-Ritso Foundation and will offer travel itineraries, activities, and support to visitors to Estonia who are affiliated with Stanford University.

The primary goal of the Exchange Program is to serve as an anchor for all visits to Estonia and the Nordic-Baltic region by members of the Stanford community and related activities. As such, the program will be linked to already existing flows of Stanford travelers, including the growing number of Stanford students holding internships or undergoing language study programs; Stanford’s faculty and staff visiting the region with the intent of carrying out research, delivering guest lectures, or attending conferences and other events; Stanford faculty and students engaging in Overseas Seminar programs; and Stanford faculty, staff, students, and alumni visiting the region through Stanford Alumni Center’s travel programs. The Program is intended to greatly increase the number of Stanford visitors Estonia receives each year, and to enhance the experiences of the visitors.

The Program will be led by the Stanford-Estonia Exchange Coordinator, a full-time staff member within Vabamu, who will design and execute the program’s activities, establish partnerships with public and private entities, and locate sources for external funding.

Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom and its branch KGB Prison Cells are the largest active non-profit museum in Estonia. Vabamu recounts the story of the Estonian people from occupation to independence and inspires people to maintain and stand up for their freedom. They educate, engage, and encourage Estonian people and visitors to reflect on recent history, feel the fragile nature of freedom, and stand up for liberty and justice. Vabamu is also one of the closest external parters of SUL's Baltic Studies Program.

More info about the program and the Stanford-Estonia Exchange Coordinator position can be found on Vabamu's website. Applications for the Exchange Coordinator position are accepted until November 22, 2021.