|Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Prof. Imants Freibergs. Dr. Vaira wrote the Forward to "Insula - Island of Hope"|
This photograph of Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Prof. Imants Freibergs comes from a new book called "Insula - Island of Hope". I have already provided some of the publicity material, and as I said in that article, I am currently in contact with the authors and editors of the book. They have today provided me with quite a lot of material which I will begin to present next week for the benefit of our readers.
In the meantime, to go with the photograph of the week, I have provided the biographical information about Dr. Vike who wrote the forward to the book. R.P. BenDedek Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga was President of the Republic of Latvia 1999 to 2007. She successfully implemented Latvia's foreign policy interests by guiding its entry into the European Union and NATO and raised the nation's recognition in the world through her work at the UN and other international activities. She was named Special Envoy to the Secretary General on United Nations reform in 2005. She was vice-president of the Reflection Group on the Future of the European Union 2020-2030 and is Chair of the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism of the EU.
Vaira Vike was born in Riga, Latvia, but left her home with her parents at the end of World War II. She spent part of her childhood in refugee camps in Germany, attended schools in French-administered Morocco, and in 1954 settled in Canada. After obtaining a Ph.D. at McGill University, she worked for many years as a professor of psychology at the University of Montreal and has gained recognition as an interdisciplinary scholar and expert on science policy.
In 1998, she returned to her native country to become the Director of the newly founded Latvian Institute and was elected President of the Republic in 1999.
Dr. Vike-Freiberga is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, the Club of Madrid, and the European Council on Foreign Relations. She has been awarded 37 Orders of Merit (First Class) and 17 honorary doctorates, as well as many prizes and honors, including the 2005 Hannah-Arendt Prize for political thinking, the 2009 Hayek Medal for promotion of freedom and free trade, and the 2010 Konrad Adenauer Prize for her work in the political construction of a united Europe.
Former President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga is a recipient of 2011 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom. In accepting the award, Dr. Vike-Freiberga stressed the need to educate societies about the Communism regime, and condemned prejudice and hatred everywhere in the world, regardless of ideology - Communism, Nazism or terrorism. The Medal is awarded to individuals that have demonstrated a life-long commitment to freedom, democracy and opposition to communism and all other forms of tyranny. Previous recipients include Vaclav Havel, Pope John Paul II, and Lech Walesa.
Book Title: Insula - Island of Hope
Book Pages: 453
Ventis Plume and John Plume, Editors
Other excerpts and photographs from 'Insula - Island of Hope' include:
November 16, 2013 Stories of WWII Latvian Refugees (at Kingscalendar.com)
November 10, 2013 Photograph of the Week: Insula - Island of Hope
November 10, 2013 Insula Began in Bruckmuhl (Excerpt from 'Insula - Island of Hope')
November 3, 2013 Photograph of the Week: Watercolors of Insula by Leo Trinkuns (1899-1948)
November 3, 2013 Forward to Insula - Island of Hope by Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga
October 27, 2013 New Book about Latvians Displaced by World War II